HyperX Impact & Valueram in Dual Channel?

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  1. Unhappy User

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    Hello,

    My laptop has only one 16GB stick of Kingston valueram ddr4 2400 CL17. If i buy a kingston hyperx impact ddr4 2400 CL14 stick, will it work in dual channel mode with the existing stick? Or laptop might not boot? Thank you.
     
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    It might choose to run both at 2400CL17 and work
    It might not
    It might depend on which stick is in which slot

    No guarantees which is why it's not recommended to mix'n'match
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @Unhappy User it will run as CL17 without problems, most likely.
     
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    Omg the mystery...thanks guys. Still indecisive. Has anyone actually tried a hyperx impact and ValueRam combo on this forum? Hyperx is on sale now and going cheaper than ValueRam so i am tempted.

    Bottomline: will 2 sticks of ddr4 2400MHz at CL14 give me noticeable improvement in gaming performance compared to 2 ddr4 2400MHz at CL17? I'm referring to cpu intensive games of course. Thanks.
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @Unhappy User they won't give you any noticeable improvements vs CL17.
     
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    Disappointing news guys I just took the laptop to the computer store to install a second memory stick and it appears that the existing stick is at the slot number 3 and to activate dual Channel we have to install the second stick on slot number 1 which requires disassembling the entire laptop. I just received my laptop back from MSI RMA with a brand-new cooling module and my temperatures are really better after several failed attempts to repaste it by MSI and the computer store so I decided not to risk another disassembly because the technician in the computer store did not do a good job repasting it the first time.

    We tried installing the second stick in Slot 4 which is easy to access but that did not activate dual Channel mode. I am very disappointed with this choice that I have to make between good temperatures or dual Channel mode.
     
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    Can I fix it by buying 2x8GB sticks and installing them on the easy to access slots 2 and 4? On top of my exisiting 16GB stick on slot 3? Will this activate dual channel?
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @Unhappy User dual channel RAM is really important only if you play games on iGPU, which is clearly not the case, and in some very specific workloads.
     
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    Incorrect, RAM is directly related to CPU performance and is important for any CPU-bound games and other workloads.
     
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