Why do I have two colors on my RAM slots?

It means that the colored pair is a dual channel set and that you should install RAM as a pair to take advantage of it. Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, comics, trivia, reviews, and more. I worked as a hardware intern for intel for 2 years. I was installing some new memory in my computer and have a question. RAM slot problem Dec 23, Ram works in channels, on your motherboard of you have 4 slots you'll see that 2 of them are a different colour, as long as each colour has the exact same specs capacity included you should be fine.

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You must log in or sign up to reply here. Question about the AGP slot Mar 15, RAM slot problem Dec 23, Add your comment to this article You need to be a member to leave a comment. Image courtesy of question asker, Totymedli. I have always seen that the motherboard RAM slots are colored in pairs, but never knew what it meant. I just put the 2 RAM in, and after a few tries it always worked. But after I tried to install a third one it always throws me a blue screen of death.

Is there an order how should I install RAM to the board? What do the colors mean? Do they indicate a performance boost opportunity or are they just a guide for installation?

It means that the colored pair is a dual channel set and that you should install RAM as a pair to take advantage of it. Using two more will still be in dual channel.

Anyway, a matched pair of 4GB sticks would probably be a little better than two pairs of 2GB sticks assuming all these sticks are of the same quality and speed but I doubt you would notice any difference. A 4 stick set might be preferable to 2 sets of 2 but, again, I doubt you would notice any difference.

In my case I bought 2 sets of 2 modules. At the time I bought them they didn't come in a 4 stick set. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Problems Jul 23, Dual Channel memory in single channel board? Dual Channel Ram Questions Jun 26, Different brands of RAM together in dual channel? Mixing different ranks in dual channel memory Aug 11, Add your comment to this article You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate. Sign up for free , it takes 30 seconds.

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