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I already have this:




If I buy another, will they run together without issues if they are the same version? Makig a total of 4GB using 4 Sticks.


The motherboard is an asus Striker II formula w/ a 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 9600GT video card.




It's never a given. Check this site. Do a search for 4 sticks or 4 modules, or 4 X 1GB, or 4 X 2GB. Go to any DRAM site and do the same search.


It is advised to drop the bandwidth if you populate with four DRAM slots. My advise? Sell the 2 X 1024 and purchase 2 X 2048. That way you can run at the full bore of the DRAM and not run into the myriad of possible issues that can occur immediately or in the longer term.


Please research this thread:




The issue is the memory controller and a population of all four banks at the full speed of a two bank run. This issue is across the board with both Nvidia and Intel chipset based boards, DDR, DDR2 and DDR3.


Keep in mind that often issues arise in the longer term. The issues seldom damage the DRAM. They damage the on motherboard memory controller which has a harder time keeping up with the demands of a four DRAM slot population being run as fast as a two DRAM slot population. Those who want to be secure in their system either purchase a single kit of the DRAM capacity that the four singles have or they move to a higher bandwidth DRAM and drop the bandwidth. I also advise it as I have personally seen the issues that can and often do arise with a four DRAM slot population running at the full speed of a single kit speed.


I personally advise for a two stick solution as it is far gentler to the motherboard memory controller.

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