What's quad channel memory? O_o

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omegadoom13 Posted: Fri, Jun 3 2011 8:17 PM

Just wondering if anyone has heard of quad channel memory.   How well does it perform against triple and dual channel memory?  

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There is no quad channel memory unless there is a new product out there that I am not aware of. Most memory is run in dual channel which is why you see equally paired sticks. It is controlled on the motherboard. The 1366 socket however runs triple channel memory which is why you see 3, 6 and 12Gb sets. The memory is essentially the same that you see in 2,4 or 8 GB sets it's just paired to have 3 or 6 equal sticks instead of 2 or 4. If you buy individual sticks instead of sets you buy the number of sticks to benefit your motherboard. If you buy a 1366 socket board you would buy 3 or 6 sticks. If you buy pretty much any other board on the market you buy 2 or 4 sticks depending on how many dimms you want to fill. It's usually better to buy 2 dimms verses four (if using a dual channel board) that way if need be you can simply add more ram verses replacing it. For example it would be better for 4GB of ram to get 2x2GB sticks rather then 4x1GB sticks. The only advantage to the smaller ram sticks is they generally have better timings but that's getting into alot more then needed right now.

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eunoia replied on Fri, Jun 3 2011 9:09 PM

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SurpriseIntel needs to stop making new sockets every six months! I can't keep up with it anymore.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Jun 4 2011 12:04 AM

Intel has taken too long with the whole LGA 2011 socket; I'm tempted to just upgrade to LGA 1155 and leave it at that...

It does sound interesting; four memory channels being used to increased the performance of the memory to new levels. Sure, Triple Channel memory may be a disappointment but here's to hoping that Quad Channel doesn't disappointment!

 

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Excellent explanation Nelson!  Thank you for the help!!  :)

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acarzt replied on Sat, Jun 4 2011 1:28 PM

How was triple channel memory a dissappointment? It's by far faster than dual channel... go look up some benchmarks...

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I would have to side with Acarzt on this. There was definatley a performance jump in alot of applications with triple channel. To be honest I don't know why Intel didn't improve on the 1366 socket rather then creating 2 new sockets (1156 and 1155) running dual channel. I haven't been able to keep up with the tehnology trends recently like I used to but I still feel like the 1366 boards are the better choice in the enthusiast market.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Jun 4 2011 4:04 PM

acarzt:

How was triple channel memory a dissappointment? It's by far faster than dual channel... go look up some benchmarks...

But it doesn't really show an obvious benefit over Dual Channel; and I've looked at various articles before posting that focus mainly on Triple Channel.

I won't rule out that the speed difference depends on how you use it though...

 

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TaylorKarras:

 depends on how you use it though...

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eunoia replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 1:24 PM

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Ah I love the Trip Channel goodness of 1366

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