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DannyPhilly

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OK, i'm gonna try and make this as simple as possible hahahaha....

I have an ASUS A8R-MVP mobo, dual channel compatiable, I have 2x1GB sticks of XMS Dual channel kit memory and I also have a separate stand alone 1GB stick from another manufacturer..., My question is....
If I were to put the first 2 sticks in dual channel and then also put the 3rd stick in (giving me3 total GB of ram), would that third stand-alone stick basically null the other 2 in dual channel and just make it 3GB of ram, 2 of which are NOT in dual channel? or can that third stick be in while NOT disrupting the other 2 being in dual channel? I hope this is easily understandable hahahaha...please help

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It would probably kick them all into single channel a third stick will often cause problems as well, alot of mobos specifically say not to 3 sticks. It should though be in your motherboard manual, usually its found in a table showing compatible memory combinations. If you dont have your manual it is worthwhile to get a copy from the asus website.
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Yeah your probably right, The manual does show diagrams o 2 sticks and 4 sticks but fails to mention anything about 3 sticks, but when I did have 3 sticks in I would have random restarts and since I've taken it out, the computers been running fine. Thank you for clarifying this for me.
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I know in my mobo under the table in the manual ive got a box saying dont use 3 sticks its not going to work.
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