Memory prices are super-pleasant upgrade attention to these

In the chip industry today, where everything is in short supply, there is one chip that is bucking the trend and that is memory. Maybe it’s because a lot of people are moving to DDR5. Anyway, the price of DDR4 memory is now really attractive and it’s the right time to start upgrading. But to upgrade the memory is not to buy it and use it well, you also have to pay attention to some issues.


Single channel upgrade dual channel

There was a time before, when memory prices were very high, when I used to advise people that they might as well start with single-channel memory. Now that the price of memory has gone up, of course, you should upgrade to dual-channel. If you choose a single product with more than 8GB as we suggested in the beginning, then just go and buy another one of the same brand with the same model and capacity, but at a much lower price. Just a brief mention here, pay attention to the memory installation order suggested by the motherboard.


If you do not want to buy the same model capacity, for example, found that 16GB is obviously more cost-effective than 8GB, buy it plugged in can you normally expand the capacity to do dual-channel? The answer is yes and no. It is true that you can do dual channel, but the capacity is only the small capacity one x 2. The other capacity will not be wasted, but it is only single channel. When the system’s memory needs exceed 16GB, the performance of the part running in a single-channel capacity will be somewhat lost, well in general application games 16GB is also basically enough, so it will not significantly affect the experience.


Dual channel upgrade

If you already have dual-channel memory, the easiest way is of course to buy another pair of memory and install it. It is important to note that even if the memory is of the same brand and capacity, there are definitely differences in some minor parameters, especially the actual lifespan, between a new pair and an old pair, so it is best to pair them separately for dual-channel pairing. For example, slots A1 and A2 are old, and slots B1 and B2 are new.


As for the original dual-channel capacity has been relatively high, such as 8GB × 2 words, can you buy a 16GB upgrade to 32GB, while still maintaining dual-channel? The answer is absolutely possible. As long as the original dual channel is merged into a single channel slot, the new high-capacity memory can be installed into another channel slot.



The previous section focuses on memory sticks with similar configurations, such as both DDR4 3200, similar voltages, etc. If the old and new memory parameters differ significantly, it is necessary to reset them in the BIOS. Frequency and latency are best followed by the lower standard, while voltage can be considered to follow the higher one. Here is a hint, even if the XMP option is optional (usually different memory will automatically become unavailable), it is best not to use it to avoid compatibility issues.


If you are sure that you have formed a dual channel, but your operating system shows that it is not, you will need to look in the BIOS to see if there is a Channel, Rank related option, usually set to Auto. Then, of course, it’s time to enjoy a computer with more memory and forget about those accessories that have doubly increased in price.


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