Question Another set of RAM?


Sep 9, 2019
I currently have Gskill 2 x 8 RAM, that I bought as a set, that is working perfectly @ 3200. Because RAM is so cheap at the moment, I'm contemplating adding another Gskill 2 x 8 set (for a total of 32 GB) of the exact same model (F4-3200C16D-16GVKB) as I currently have.

Should I anticipate any issues in doing this? Currently, as per my motherboard manual, I have the 'old' set in slots 2 and 4. Obviously, I will put the new RAM into slots 1 and 3.
Can you take advantage of added ram?

A perennial question.
Here is my stock answer:

Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
A motherboard must manage all the ram using the same specs of voltage, cas and speed.
The internal workings are designed for the capacity of the kit.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards, can be very sensitive to this.
This is more difficult when more sticks are involved.

If you do buy more disparate sticks, they should be the same speed, voltage and cas numbers.
Even then your chances of working are less than 100%
I might guess 90% success for intel and less for amd.

What is your plan "B" if the new stick/s do not work?

If you want 32gb, my suggestion for an intel motherboard is to buy a 2 x 16gb kit that matches your current specs.
Then, try adding in your old 16gb,
If it works, good; you now have extra ram.
If not, sell the old ram or keep it as a spare.
For a ryzen motherboard, ram needs to be symmetrical.
Ryzen is more picky about ram so you are better off to simply buy a 2 x 16gb replacement that is supported.