Is Dual Channel best for a Pro-Audio machine?

PANDA125

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Hey,

Is dual channel configuration better than single channel for a DAW laptop?

1x 16GB vs 2x 8GB?

Best,

PS:
Is there a reason for me to look into 32GB of RAM for my type of application?
 

anort3

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Not all laptops support dual channel memory but in general dual channel gives an overall system boost in the 5%-7% range. Not major but enough to notice. So it's always better to run a dual channel configuration if possible.

 

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The benefits of dual-channel are mostly seen when the system is making use of integrated graphics. Although you should still use it if the option is there.

As for the RAM, you really don't need over 16 for music production.
 

anort3

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Not all laptops support dual channel memory but in general dual channel gives an overall system boost in the 5%-7% range. Not major but enough to notice. So it's always better to run a dual channel configuration if possible.

 

PANDA125

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Thanks guys.
Does it matter if the ram companies are different?
Im going to purchase this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WGLJYG6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=APTJB2SEQO65W) in the 256SSD + 8GB option and im looking for compatible RAM to purchase additionally. i was going to get this Kingston ValueRAM (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LW6HBSM/ref=crt_ewc_title_dp_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) but someone suggested getting the Kingston HyperX Impact instead (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014R8JYDO/ref=crt_ewc_title_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER).
 

anort3

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Yes it very much could matter that it's different RAM. Being that it's a laptop your best bet is to find the QVL ( qualified vendor list ) for that exact part number laptop. It should be on their website. You could also contact them directly and ask what they recommend. Laptops are much less forgiving about working with just any RAM than desktops are.

 
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