tripple channel ram

okay first of all im EXTREMELY hacked off by the stupidity of 90% of websites that FAIL to state weather ram modules they are selling are tripple channel or dual channel DDR3. i mean thats as important as the bleeding capacity!

also sick of the price but its new but still!

anyway trying to find somewhere in the uk, online, that sells tripple channel ram at a REASONABLE price.

like up to £40 for a 2gb stick would be nice.

but jesus why dont these morons state its channel type?!

suggestions on online stores for the tripple channel would be very much appreciated.

thanks.

dumb freaking websites i cant have a go enough its pathetic!
 

MarkE19

Moderator
Triple channel RAM is easy to spot as it will be sold as '3x 2Gb matched set', just as dual channel will be sold as '2x 2Gb matched pair'. The RAM itself is not dual channel or triple channel, it is just the motherboard that runs matched sets in that mode.
Triple channel RAM is only available with the Intel i7 CPU when installed on a compatible LGA 1366 motherboard. I am not aware of any laptops that run the RAM in triple channel mode.

Triple Channel Architecture is better explained at Wikipedia.

Mark.
 
eh? im not running a laptop.


yeah okay i get what you say, BUT modules still need to state if they are tripple channel compatible or not especaily if your buying individual dimms
 

MarkE19

Moderator
eh? im not running a laptop.
I was just generally stating that AFAIK only desktop PC's can run triple channel RAM, and only a few of them at that.
yeah okay i get what you say, BUT modules still need to state if they are tripple channel compatible or not especaily if your buying individual dimms
ALL DDR3 RAM is triple channel compatible as long * as all 3 DIMMS are the same capacity and run at the same speed ** - but it is always best to buy 3 DIMM sets to make sure that the motherboard will acccept them to run in triple channel mode.

* IIRC there are some AMD only DDR3 DIMMs that would not be compatible as AMD does not work in triple channel mode.
** from my earlier link:
The architecture can only be used when all three, or a multiple of three, memory modules are identical in capacity and speed, and are placed in three-channel slots.
Mark.
 
MEH MINES A CUSTOM BUILD AND THE MOBO IS THE MSI X58 PRO so its tripple channel ram capable with max of 24gb ram lol. soz bout caps at start
 

MarkE19

Moderator
OK, but why buy 3 or 6 individual DIMM's when you can buy a set of 3 - and in some cases it will even work out cheaper if you shop around.
Some 3x 2Gb kits Here, and Here or even a 12Gb kits Here and these are just 2 sites I had a quick look at. Buying kits like these has the advantage of knowing the DIMM's all match and therefore will run in triple channel mode.
would say 6 of those work in triple channel? or would they still run i ndual channel? if dual channel how many can i get into my system? i have 6 dimm slots.
As my wikipedia link said, same speed and capacity RAM can be set to run in triple channel mode when loaded in multiples of 3 DIMM's (ie 3 or 6 DIMM's).

Mark.
 
because i dont have over £100 to spend in one lump sum

wikipedia rambles to much to sit there and read the entire page.

so sum this up.

the ram i linked to will run in tripple channel mode when 3, 6, 9 ect are loaded in, yes?
 
also i already have 2gb installed.

that ram stick linked to is £43 for 2gb, so for another £86 i end up with 6gb of ram with a total cost of £129. not a whole lot of difference in price really. and this way i can buy them in gradually
 

MarkE19

Moderator
so sum this up.

the ram i linked to will run in tripple channel mode when 3, 6, 9 ect are loaded in, yes?
I would expect them to work yes, but as they are not sold as matched sets there is no guarentee. Sets are tested to work together in dual/triple channel mode.

Mark.
 
well i will get another two over a period of time and see what happens.

if the cooperate then i will get another 3 gradually and then see from that.

if they fail to work together but work okay in dual channel, i'll just sell them on as dual channel pairs
 

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