Question RAM modules for Intel Core i9-10850K

jnxzi94

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Hi!

I'm looking forward to upgrade RAM from 16 GB to 32 GB.
I was wondering if I should get 2 sticks or 4 sticks with this CPU.

Which is better and why?
  • 2 x 16 GB 3600 MHz CL18 DDR4
  • 4 x 8 GB 4000 MHz CL18 DDR4
I've read some random info about 4 sticks being worse than 2 sticks, that they would do better performance wise but I'm not really sure about it.
I will go with the kit that offers the best performance anyways.

CPU: i9-10850K
MB: MSI Z490-A PRO
 

falcon291

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2 sticks are recommended, and it is written in your board's manual, which slots are to be used.
But 4000 Mhz would be faster. Are these 4 RAMs sold as a package or you will buy 2 8x2 GB RAM?
 

falcon291

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Yes but all RAMs installed must be the same. And there is a small chance if the RAMs are not from the same package, they may not be same.

Most possibly it is not the case, but still there is a risk.
 

jnxzi94

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2 sticks are recommended, and it is written in your board's manual, which slots are to be used.
But 4000 Mhz would be faster. Are these 4 RAMs sold as a package or you will buy 2 8x2 GB RAM?
If I'm getting that 4000 MHz set, so basically 4 RAM modules would be a package of 2 kits (2 x 8 GB) and that would be 32 GB RAM in total.
 

jnxzi94

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So basically it doesn't really matter, just go with one kit that has all the modules in the same package and they are as speedy as possible... meaning 16 GB x 2 set.
 

geofelt

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Alright.
I will search for a 2 x 16 GB kit 3600 MHz CL16.
I think that is the better path.
4 stick kits will usually cost more because of the extra factory matching.
It is harder for a motherboard to manage 4 sticks vs. two.
cl16 is good, but, you may find a much better price with cl18.
Real app performance is not much impacted by ram speeds.
So, once you get the capacity you want, look at the pricing.
 

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