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Mixing and matching RAM?

Asked by toaster (527points) September 17th, 2010

I am currently running CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3×2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). My question is if I can mix my existing ram with ram of another type? And If so would I have to sync timings/frequencies? within what parameters would it be possible? good idea?

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wenn's avatar

Generally you shouldn’t mix RAM, there can be performance issues/glitches.

It’s best to use a full matched set of RAM.

toaster's avatar

Thanks. This was in-line with my after-thoughts and expectations.

jrpowell's avatar

Wenn is right. But there is also the chance things will be fine. And if you can put the RAM in you can take it out.

UScitizen's avatar

If you have the ram, go ahead and try. It shouldn’t hurt anything. It just may not work. Be ready for a wide array of strange problems. DO NOT buy ram planning on making this work. It’s just not worth it.

the100thmonkey's avatar

In my experience mixing RAM is not a problem as long as you make sure that the timings and frequencies set in BIOS match those of the lowest specification DIMM(s).

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