Question Should RAM be exactly the same?

axescot

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I'm looking to increase RAM capacity. I have 2 8gb sticks and can get 2 more sticks. Would it be better to buy the same exact RAM or should I get something better? For example, my 2 sticks are DDR4 3000Mhz. Should I get DDR4 3200Mhz or 3400Mhz, etc?
 

jeremyj_83

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I'm looking to increase RAM capacity. I have 2 8gb sticks and can get 2 more sticks. Would it be better to buy the same exact RAM or should I get something better? For example, my 2 sticks are DDR4 3000Mhz. Should I get DDR4 3200Mhz or 3400Mhz, etc?
Get the exact same make, speed, and model as you currently have. That will give you the best chance of good system stability.
 

Ralston18

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Check the motherboard's memory specifications and go online to seek confirmation accordingly.

Two key considerations: 1) the specs on the physical RAM modules and 2) the allowed RAM configurations permitted on the motherboard.

You can add faster RAM but the system will only perform at the speed of the slowest RAM modules.
 

mtracy1991

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I'm looking to increase RAM capacity. I have 2 8gb sticks and can get 2 more sticks. Would it be better to buy the same exact RAM or should I get something better? For example, my 2 sticks are DDR4 3000Mhz. Should I get DDR4 3200Mhz or 3400Mhz, etc?
What are your pc specs before an answer can be provided.
 
Memory is guaranteed in the form sold. Use of identical, exact match, same thing have no guarantee to be compatible with your existing memory. It may increase your chances of memory working together over the use of random modules.

You should buy a single kit and sell your old memory.
 

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