Originally Posted by itznfb
No one knowledgeable has ever said 4 slots is better than 2 slots. There are 0 cases where 4 dimms will be beneficial given capacity requirements can be met with 2 slots. Every desktop motherboard available will be less stable with 4 slots filled. Granted the loss of stability will most likely only come in to play when overclocking. Outside of overclocking you always want to reduce the possible number of failures. With 4 dimms you're doubling the potential for errors or system failures due to a bad or damaged dimm.
As previously stated, there are knowledgeable references, and no proof whatsoever that motherboards are less stable if four DIMMs are installed. If this were the case mobos would only come with two slots. I've never seen a server not fully populated, and I've seen hundreds.
Taking your advice to reduce the amount of failures institutes longer downtimes if a failure should occur. Single channel mode isn't that much fun.
Bottom line, there is no reason but cost and potentially increasing memory in the future to choose one configuration over the other. If I'm not maxing capacity given the job of the machine I go with two over four.
Your opinions may be valued by yourself, but try not to pass them off as fact.
Nope, no debate at all. Edited by Nethawk - 5/9/13 at 2:14am