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Can You use two different RAM Brands?

arkhamfan

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I have installed Crucial 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade 240-pin RAM Into My computer, and have in total 4GB RAM.

I want to install Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4) 1600Mhz 240-Pin DDR3 RAM, making in total 12GB RAM.

Is it possible to install the Corsair sticks on my motherboard Even though it's a different Brand? My motherboard is a MSI B85 G41 motherboard (upgradable to 32GB DDR3 RAM)

Thanks!

arkhamfan
 

jungleexplorer

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Brand does not really make a difference. Speed and capacity makes more of a difference. Most people recommend using sticks of the same speed and capacity across all ram slots for maximum performance, but this does not mean that rams sticks of different speeds and capacity will not work if installed together.
 

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But does this mean that they will work?
 

jungleexplorer

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Yes they will, but there will be some speed loss. The crucial stick is 1333 speed and the Corsair is 1600. Just like a chain that is only as strong as it's weakest link, a computer is only as fast as it's weakest component. You can put the 1600 in along side the 1333, but the 1600 will be slowed down to 1333, so you will be getting extra ram, but not more speed.

I like using the crucial scan tool to get recommendations for extra ram. You can use it at: http://www.crucial.com/
 

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Cheers jungleexplorer!
 

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