How does RAM work running in dual-channel vs not running in dual-channel?

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How does RAM work running in dual-channel vs not running in dual-channel?

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This only means how many sticks of ram your running. Usually single (usually cheaper prebuilts) running a single tick of ram, dual, quad, etc.

For gaming, this usually doesn’t matter. But for professional apps it might.

Lets assume your processor has two memory controllers and each memory controller is connected to two memory slots, for four slots total. If you have one stick of RAM, you’re using one memory controller. If you’re using two sticks of RAM, you can read data from memory twice as quickly, provided you put the two sticks in slots connected to different memory controllers. If you put both sticks of RAM in slots connected to the same controller, you’re throwing away performance, because one controller is going unused.