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  1. Posts : 1,254
    10 Pro retail 1909
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    add RAM to board


    I have an Asus TUF Z 390 Plus Gaming WIFI board with one stick of ram. It is a Corsair 8 GB DDR4 -2400 stick.
    I had it built and should have gotten 16 GB for a VM.
    Can I buy the same stick and install it in a second channel, boot up and go or is there more to it than that?
    It us still warranted so would this void it if I did this myself. My hardware knowledge is obviously limited. I have placed RAM in older machines but it came in pairs so was easier.
    I can bring it to the builder but it is difficult for me.
    Any suggestions?
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
    Posts : 9,778
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.985 (x64) [21H1]
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    @maranna

    It's always better to buy a matched set like this:
    G.Skill Trident Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (F4-3600C16D-16GTZKW) - PCPartPicker



    ...but yes, you could probably buy the exact same stick of RAM (exact same model number) that you already have, and you will probably be OK.
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  3. Posts : 1,254
    10 Pro retail 1909
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I will see what the other stick says and not just the the invoice then install both being the same.
    I did not know anything else was required.
    Thank you
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  4. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.985 (x64) [21H1]
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    maranna said:
    I will see what the other stick says and not just the the invoice then install both being the same.
    I did not know anything else was required.
    Thank you


    And on your motherboard the sticks will go into slots 2 and 4, counting away from the CPU. Like the RED dots...



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  5. Posts : 1,254
    10 Pro retail 1909
    Thread Starter
       #5

    OK, Thanks. Your diagram is very significant. I took the case cover off and it appears the stick in there clicks on only one end.
    I am used to clicking both ends.
    There is room for four slots.
    I read where it is better to buy two new 8 GB sticks than a single 16 GB stick to to replace the 8 .
    They would go in slots 2 and 4 going away from the CPU.Do you agree.
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  6. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
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    Try to buy exact same brand, same speed and same timings.
    Download, extract and run HWInfo . It's a portable, don't need to be installed.
    On the memory tab you will find the specs of your current memory.
    Pay attention to install on the properly slot to have dual channel. It probably would be 1-3 or 2-4.
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  7. Grom0X's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
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  8. Ghot's Avatar
    Posts : 9,778
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.985 (x64) [21H1]
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    Or, just go to GSkill and use their RAM Configurator. The results of that are all tested on the specific motherboards.
    Just fill in the drop down boxes and hit the search button.

    RAM Configurator-G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd.

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    The manufacturer's QVLs are also good, but a lot harder to use. That RAM I linked in post #2, is guaranteed to work on that motherboard.



    Corsair used to have a great Memory Finder, but they haven't been keeping up with it. :/
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  9. Posts : 1,254
    10 Pro retail 1909
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I have what I need and thank you all.
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  10. Posts : 1,332
    Windows 10 Home 2004 19041.804
       #10

    I'm also a fan of HWiNFO64. The summary report also has other helpful details.

    Free Download HWiNFO Sofware | Installer & Portable for Windows, DOS


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    Another quick detail, the existing RAM part numbers are available with a Command Prompt. Using an Administrative Command Prompt, enter the following followed by enter; wmic memorychip get partnumber


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