Hardware Thread, DDR3 Memory Upgrade Query in Technical; I'm looking to upgrade the memory in my computer to >=12Gb (for running virtual network images of 2008 server/exchange/sql/sharepoint/etc.)
23rd March 2011, 04:23 PM #1
DDR3 Memory Upgrade Query
I'm looking to upgrade the memory in my computer to >=12Gb (for running virtual network images of 2008 server/exchange/sql/sharepoint/etc.)
Currently I have an Asus P6X58-E motherboard with 3 x 2Gb DDR3 1600mhz (8-8-24 1.65v) DIMMs in it. Another 3 x 2GB of the same stuff costs £70 but i've read somewhere that you can't run 6 x 2Gb DIMMS on the motherboard at 1600Mhz and you need to throttle it back to 1333Mhz?
Because of this I was thinking that a better option might be just to buy 3 x 4Gb DDR3 1333Mhz (1.5v) DIMMs instead as it's only £30 more.
Would it work running (3 x 4Gb DDR3-1333) and (3 x 2Gb DDR3-1600) at the same time to give me 18Gb total? I understand that the 1600Mhz RAM will have to run at 1333Mhz but is this possibly on a triple channel X58 motherboard?
Normally this would work fine on a DDR2 motherboard mixing the RAM speeds but I wasn't sure if the triple-channel memory, different voltage and DDR3 memory would be a problem as I've heard DDR3 is a bit more fiddly in getting it to work?
Any thoughts and advice appreciated!
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