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Memory upgrading.

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Memory upgrading.

I'm thinking of upgrading my PC memory from 4Gb to 8Gb; sometimes space becomes a bit of a premium. There is a spare DDR channel available. I seem to remember from somewhere in the dim distant past that sometimes fitting additional (but identical make, type and size) memory sticks from a completely different manufacturing batch causes problems, because the chips are bound to have slightly different characteristics.
Anyone had experience of this? Is it better to buy a completely new set of 8Gb sticks rather than add another 4Gb?
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Re: Memory upgrading.

The problem usually comes when the board uses memory in dual channel mode
http://www.crucial.com/kb/answer.aspx?qid=3751&click=true
Also check with your motherboard as it may just not be happy with mismatched memory sizes - you don't say what you have a present
It is worth doing a search to see if there are any reported problems when running with all memory slots full and whether you need a bios upgrade
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Re: Memory upgrading.

Thanks Jim. It's 2x2Gb. I've already sussed that a BIOS update will be needed. I think I shall give an additional 2x2Gb a try.
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Re: Memory upgrading.

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'm thinking of upgrading my PC memory from 4Gb to 8Gb

Bear in mind that you'll need to be running a 64Bit OS to make use of more than 4Gb.
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Re: Memory upgrading.

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