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How to Enable Dual Channel RAM to enhance performance?

Last Updated : 11 Mar, 2023
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If you want to increase the performance of your desktop or laptop, enabling dual-channel memory might be a good alternative so that you can perform all the memory-hungry tasks with ease. Dual channel ram is a configuration in which two identical ram modules are installed in pairs on the motherboard. The performance and overall data transfer rate of your system increase when the memory controller can access both ram modules simultaneously.

There are some steps that you need to perform before installing the dual-channel ram on your system:

Steps

  1. Checking the requirement for a dual-channel memory?
  2. Checking the motherboard compatibility
  3. Ensuring Identical Ram Modules
  4. Installing the Ram Modules 
  5. Making sure that everything is working fine?

Checking the Requirements to Enable Dual-Channel RAM

To initiate the process you would need to understand whether your system needs a dual-channel upgrade or not. You can check this by monitoring the ram bandwidth by performing the following steps:

  • Firstly, you will have to boot the computer.
  • Launch the task manager menu by pressing the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” key combination on your keyboard.
  • Click on the performance tab to monitor the current performance of your PC.
  • Go to the memory option in which you will see the amount of ram being used by your pc and the amount of memory available.

Once you understand the usage of the ram, you can decide on upgrading your system to dual-channel memory.

Checking the Motherboard Compatibility 

Once you have decided on installing dual-channel ram, it is important to make sure that your motherboard supports it. You can check the documentation of the motherboard or visit the official website of your motherboard to determine whether your board supports dual-channel memory or not.
For example, You have a motherboard of MSI. Now, if you want to know whether the mother bread supports dual channel ram or not you can check the documentation that you received when you bought it or visit the official MSI website and enter the serial number of your board to know all the details of your motherboard.

Purchasing Identical Ram Modules 

The next step in the process would be to pick the perfect ram capacity and purchase identical ram modules which compatible with your PC. Some compatibility issues might arise while installing these ram modules which you can avoid by keeping some important points in mind:

  • Make sure that you have a brief idea about the current specifications of your system so that you know what can your system handle.
  • 32-bit architecture-compatible ram modules are different from 64-bit architecture-compatible ram modules. Ensure that you research well on the architecture of your system and then buy a suitable ram. 

If you already have a ram module which is installed on your computer then make sure that you purchase the second ram which is having same specifications as the first one. If you’re purchasing ram for the first time then look for a dual-channel kit.

Installing the Modules in Specific Slots

Once you have the ram modules with you, install them in the specific slots on your motherboard. The location of the slots can vary depending on the manufacturer of the motherboard. Typically, dual channel requires you to install the modules in alternate slots. For example, if your motherboard has 4 slots, then the first module should be installed in the first slot and the second module in the third slot. 

Some Important points while installing ram modules 

  • Turn off the PC and make sure that you unplug all the connections.
  • Open the CPU case by unscrewing the screws.
  • Carefully remove the memory sticks and locate and press the clips of the memory down.
  • You need to hold the same position until you hear a pop sound which will eventually push the ram sticks up.
  • To install the fresh memory, sort the existing edges and place them with the slots. 
  • Push the sticks gently and then close the lids once the ram sticks are installed.

The installation process is almost the same on the laptop as well.

Checking the System after Installation

Once you are done with the installation, make sure that you turn your system back on and check the specifications. The system should automatically detect the new ram modules and configure them to run in dual-channel mode. To confirm that your system is running on dual-channel memory, you can use a tool like CPU-Z. The program will show the status of the ram modules and indicate the mode in which the ram modules are running. 

Note: If your system is running in single-channel memory make sure that you go into the BIOS setting and then enable the dual-channel memory manually.

Conclusion

Enabling dual-channel ram on your system can help you improve performance and well as ease out the heavy tasks that you perform daily. By following the steps in the article, you can ensure that your ram modules are running in dual-channel mode and offer you a smooth and seamless experience. 


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