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    I intend getting this, Asus M5A97 PRO Motherboard, silly question but if i also buy 2 x 4gb ram sticks does it matter which of the 4 slots they go in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelseaboy View Post
    I intend getting this, Asus M5A97 PRO Motherboard, silly question but if i also buy 2 x 4gb ram sticks does it matter which of the 4 slots they go in.

    Many thanks.

    Slots 1 & 3 normally for dual channel although you can do 2 & 4 if you have a cpu cooler that covers the nearest to it memory slot.


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    Having read the manual if you are just using two stick, you should use the Blue slots.

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD..._PRO/#download

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragonuk View Post
    Having read the manual if you are just using two stick, you should use the Blue slots.

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD..._PRO/#download

    Good spot Pen, I think he must mean are the slots matched to the module or can he stick anyone in anyone, and the answer is YES


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    Many thanks chaps, but another quick question........what is best 2 x 4gb or 4 x 2gb of memory or doesn't it matter.

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    Doesnt matter unless you are overclocking. Then the least amount of DIMMS is best.

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    Always better to max out two slots, as Asce said two slots are better for stability. There is also the practical reasons it makes upgrading later easer. Get a pair of 4GB sticks now and if at a later date you need more RAM you can get another pair.

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    I would agree that 2 x 4gb is preferable for the reasons stated above. Additionally, 4 x 2gb will often cause the MB bios to default the memory to a lower frequency to maintain stability.
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