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Old January 3, 2011, 01:35 PM
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Looking at the new sandy bridge motherboards I haven't really seen them all fit with triple channel memory slots, it's all been the basic dual memory slots. I've been thinking lately why's this? was triple channel memory a failure or was it just a fad?
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Old January 3, 2011, 01:41 PM
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No as they are two different architecture designs. SB is LGA1155, it is the replacement to LGA1156 which is dual channel memory. 1366 is triple channel and ITS replacement is rumored to be either triple or quad channel. SB is suppose to be mainstream where 1366 is enthusiast.
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Old January 3, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Triple channel to me is for enthusiasts etc.
Dual channel is still perfectly fine for so many people.

People building computers still generally don't need more than 4gb of ram but with the pricing of ram and the kits on the market most people are going for 6 or 12.
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the difference is there tripple vs dual, but not that big. now if you pay a whole lot for your rig, for all accounts do get tripple channel when 2011 comes out,or quad whatever it will be.

but for a more value oriented rig? dual is fine
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I liked the triple channel at the time as 6gb was better than 4gb. But not memory comes with 4gb sticks 8 or 12gb's of memory is crazy. Funny how the 1155 with dual channel out does the older 1366 triple channel. But really nothing a everyday user will ever notice.
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I liked the triple channel at the time as 6gb was better than 4gb. But not memory comes with 4gb sticks 8 or 12gb's of memory is crazy. Funny how the 1155 with dual channel out does the older 1366 triple channel. But really nothing a everyday user will ever notice.
Nope, sorry sir. Well, actually yes, but no all at the same time. Rather the SandyBridge Arch allows for memory to be clocked higher slightly easier and at lower voltage, but thatís only really the realm of a few select expensive kits.

When comparing apples to apples same timings and all, you'll find that the bandwidth numbers will favour the LGA1366 CPUs 9 times out of 10. Even when you give a LGA1155 system a higher speced kit, the LGA1366 system will beat it 8 time out of 10. So, while there are some higher end kits for LGA1155, the majority of kits people will be buying for their sandy CPU's will perform lower than their LGA1366 counterparts.

Though, again thatís ignoring many factors. Yes a SandyBridge LGA1155 system *could* easily be faster than a similarly spec'ed LGA1366 system in many areas (assuming you overclock both of them to their limits, Quad LGA1366 CPU, two systems that don't take advantage of the higher number of native lanes in the LGA1366, etc), but memory bandwidth isn't one of them. BUT, there's another flipside to that coin, very few applications consumers, hell even enthusiasts use that are memory bandwidth intensive/limited, games for one aren't.

So yes and no, as far as the regular consumer who uses a single video card, no speciality cards such as raid cards and etc is concearned, LGA1155 systems are often faster in many aspects over LGA1366, BUT NOT BECAUSE OF THE MEMORY SUBSYSTEM, but rather other factors.

Back to the topic at hand, Quad Channel systems will be coming out of BOTH Intel AND AMD later this year and into the next year, the LGA1155 plaform however is targeted towards people who normally won't use or run into the limitation of a dual channel system, or hell even 4GB most of the time.
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