SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 12:55am
is dual channel ram worth it for an apu?
im getting a new a8 5600k and i wondered if dual channel ram would make it run faster for games. the ram speed is 1886 mhz.
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TeKraken Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:13am 
What ram configuration do you have at the moment?

Dual channel usually relates to the motherboard not the ram, a pair of matching RAM will run in dual channel mode - if your motherboard supports it.
Last edited by TeKraken; Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:18am
SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:20am 
i havent built the pc yet but it supports dual channel, i was gonna go with 2x4 gb but i might save money on a 1x 8gb stick
[☥] - CJ - (Banned) Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:45am 
Dual Channel and DDR3 @ 1600 or higher helps with performance on APUs. so yes its worth it.
SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:48am 
k thanks
TeKraken Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:50am 
Yes I would spend on the matched sticks.

Have you read up on what speed is best for your APU?

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SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 1:54am 
im just going on what speed people said on pcpartpicker

thanks for your help im gonna buy dual channel :D
Last edited by rotNdude; Feb 9, 2014 @ 9:28am
_I_ (Banned) Feb 9, 2014 @ 2:59am 
if your using the gpu on the gpu then yes it is
aim for 1600 cl8 or 1866 cl9 or faster if you can
Wicked Feb 9, 2014 @ 4:47am 
I think 1866mhz is the sweet spot for performance on APU's.
I would get 2x4gb 1866 or 1600, whatever you can afford :)
SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 5:15am 
im gonna go 2x4 1886 :D
time goblin Feb 9, 2014 @ 6:16am 
any reason for getting the older 5600k when you can get the kaveri for nearly the same money?
Rove Feb 9, 2014 @ 6:23am 
yes 2 sticks for a APU since it's integrated GPU will need to use the RAM from the system.
SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 6:32am 
yeh i think i might get a a8 6600k its only £5 more
Rove Feb 9, 2014 @ 6:41am 
Just so you know even though the A10 APU's CPU clockspeed is not much different they do have a lot better integrated graphics processor. Even the A10 5800K has bettter graphics than the A8 6600K just so you know.

So it might be worth it to get a A10 if you plan on using the integrated graphics for gaming.

Check this out:

Compare the A8 5600K vs the A10 5800K in GPU GFLOPS. As you will see the A8 does only 389 GFLOPS while the A10 can do up to 614 GFLOPS. It is similar in the 6000 series APUs also.
SPEAR Feb 9, 2014 @ 7:21am 
im just getting the a8 to have for a few months before i buy a dedicated gpu
_I_ (Banned) Feb 9, 2014 @ 9:00am 
Originally posted by Tywin Lannister:
im gonna go 2x4 1886 :D
just make sure it has low timings
cl10+ will be slower than 1600 cl8
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