[SOLVED] dual channel to single channel

Dec 25, 2021
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I have a laptop with 2x4 GB ram in it, and someone gave me a 1x16 GB stick for Christmas. Can I just use the 1x16 and leave a slot empty, or do I need to exchange it for a 2x8?
 

geofelt

Titan
You should be able to just use the 1 x 16gb sodimm.
But, you will operate in slower single channel mode.
You could try keeping a 4gb sodimm in the second slot.If the ram specs are similar, you could operate in flex mode where the matched 8gb would be in dual channel mode and the odd 12gb in single channel mode.
Worth the experiment.
 

geofelt

Titan
You should be able to just use the 1 x 16gb sodimm.
But, you will operate in slower single channel mode.
You could try keeping a 4gb sodimm in the second slot.If the ram specs are similar, you could operate in flex mode where the matched 8gb would be in dual channel mode and the odd 12gb in single channel mode.
Worth the experiment.
 

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