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#1 Oct 02 2014 at 4:40 PM Rating: Good
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I haven't done a build in ages. Once upon a time it was customary (required?) to add RAM sticks in (matching) pairs. Is this still a thing or can I just jam stuff in willy-nilly?































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#2 Oct 04 2014 at 6:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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Friar Bijou wrote:
Is this still a thing or can I just jam stuff in willy-nilly?

There's a "yo mamaboard" joke in there somewhere.
#3 Oct 04 2014 at 8:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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It's still recommended to use matching pairs for RAM. Pairs of sticks allows the CPU to access it faster since it can access both sticks at once. It won't consider them a "pair" unless they actually are: i.e., same capacity, speed, etc. Naturally, the best way to ensure this is by buying them as a matched set rather than trying to mix and match from a grab bag.

Also, your board will have two sets of slots (assuming you have 4 RAM slots) and it matters which ones you use if you're not filling all four at once. Check your board or look online but you'll have an A set and a B set. In the last system I built, the A set was actually the second and fourth slot going right-to-left as opposed to just starting from the first slot.

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#4 Oct 05 2014 at 7:40 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
It's still recommended to use matching pairs for RAM etc
Thanks; I thought as much.
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#5 Oct 10 2014 at 1:34 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks for this. One of my RAM fried itself recently and I was wondering if I would need to replace both with a set, and keep the current (working) RAM as a back up/emergency RAM
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