What is the better RAM configuration...
Posted on 2013-01-30
We are considering buying some new computers. Probably about 30. The price difference at HP for a system with 8GB of RAM, or 16GB, is $300. Kind of ridiculous since I could walk to Staples and get 32GB for $150. So, I am considering buying the computers with 8GB, and do a bit of switching.
Waste Not, Want Not:
IF we get new HP computers with 8GB of RAM as the cheaper option, they will almost assuredly come as 2x 4GB DIMMs. IF the motherboards support 4 Slots, which most do, we could:
Remove the memory from one-half of the new HP computers.
Install that Memory into the other half of the HP computers. This would double their memory from 8GB to 16GB, utilizing 4slots of 4GB chips each.
Those first half of computers that we removed their memory from, we could then install the 2x 8GB DIMMs, that we would buy from Staples or Amazon etc.
In the end, all the computers would have 16GB of RAM, costing us an additional..... get ready for this Math: $1125. The cost of upgrading the 30 computers with HP would be: $9000.
Finally The Question:
What is the Difference between setting up a computer that is utilizing 4x 4GB DIMMs, and a computer that is utilizing 2x 8GB DIMMs? Both systems may have 16GB in total, but are there any performance differences between the two, speed differences etc?