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16GB (4x4) or twice as many 8GB (2x4)

16GB (4x4) or twice as many 8GB (2x4)

16GB (4x4) or twice as many 8GB (2x4)


I've been tasked to order a couple of HP Proliant DL580 G5 Rack servers.  For each one, I ordered 2 processors (Quad-Core Intel Xerox E7440) and for memory is selected two memory boards with 16GB 4x4.  The vendor wants to send me eight 8GB (2x4) kits in total.

Well, I did the math and 2-16GB equal the 4-8GB but are these actually the same?

Any and all comments are welcomed.

RE: 16GB (4x4) or twice as many 8GB (2x4)

I can't speak to the hardware performance aspects as far as access rates with larger chips vs multiple smaller chips but you can think of it this way:  The more chips the better if a chip dies and you have to take it out, you wont have to loose as much memory while waiting for a replacement.  Also the smaller chips can sometimes be cheaper.  If you are going to upgrade to a large amount of RAM later then spend the extra money for the larger chips up front.



RE: 16GB (4x4) or twice as many 8GB (2x4)

Thanks Josh!

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