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What is Difference between Inserting 2 and 4 Memory Modules?

Most ATX motherboards have 4 memory slots, and some people like to plug in 2 to form a dual channel, & others like to plug in 4 with full configuration.
What is Difference between Inserting 2 and 4 Memory Modules

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Currently, most ATX motherboards have 4 memory slots, some small partners like to plug in 2 to form a dual channel, and some people like to plug in 4 full, the configuration is complete.

▮ So how different is there between inserting 2 and inserting 4 memory?

For DDR4-3600 8Gx2 (Insert 2) and DDR4-3600 8Gx4 (Insert 4) as an example: Although most motherboards have 4 memory slots, and usually have a dual-channel design, they put 2 memory and 4 with read-only memory one and write speed difference is not big. At present, the traditional 8Gx2 memory for playing PC games can be satisfied, and when fully connected, it will obviously have excessive performance. But when it comes to content creation like design rendering and video clips, the extra capacity that comes with full memory can greatly improve productivity by speeding up the processing of large files, and the more the better for those users.

▮ Precautions for plugging in 4 sticks of memory

The motherboard and CPU directly determine the upper limit of memory rendering. When inserting the memory, the first check is whether the motherboard supports the CPU and whether the memory has opened XMP one-key overclocking. Also, the motherboard bios self-test does not support this type of memory, you need to replace the memory OR the motherboard, or the memory capacity or overclocking frequency exceeds the upper limit and you need to upgrade the motherboard and motherboard CPU.

1. Compatibility

The motherboard and CPU directly determine the upper limit of memory rendering. When inserting the memory, it should first be checked whether the motherboard supports the CPU and whether the memory has opened XMP one-key overclocking. Also, the motherboard bios self-test does not support this type of memory, you need to replace the memory OR the motherboard, or the memory capacity or overclocking frequency exceeds the upper limit and you need to upgrade the motherboard and motherboard CPU.

2. Overclocking demand

When the memory is fully inserted, it is recommended to select preferably four or two strips. The four or two slots are more stable when XMP is enabled or manual overclocking is enabled after factory tuning. Followed by the frequency, the time, and the capacity of the same type of single memory, with the composition of 4 full slots. Manual overclocking is not possible because full memory modules require more power. If you want to overclock manually, it is recommended to install two large-capacity memory modules for stable overclocking.

3. Cost/usage requirements

If the frequency and total capacity are the same, four strips are usually more expensive than two strips, and all strips must be replaced if you want to use more memory. If cost is a priority, the fault tolerance of two strips is significantly higher.

Of course, the above only applies to ATX motherboards, ITX-type motherboards because of the specifications, only 2 memory slots and almost no space to pull out, so you can plug in as much as possible.

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