Installing RAM is one of the easiest processes when building a computer, but take that with a grain of salt. As easy as it is to install, I personally know people that have installed RAM the wrong way, reversed and made it fit. This means he had to force it down with all his might totally ignoring the fact that there is a piece of plastic right in the center of the DIMM slot, and a matching notch on the memory, so of course he broke the piece of plastic. Oddly enough the PC would not boot, I wonder why?
All joking aside, don’t feel bad if you don’t know how to install RAM, we all had no clue what we were doing till we learned. Hopefully I can show you with this video.
So in this video, you saw how you installed these sticks of DDR4 RAM. I showed you how the RAM could have been installed incorrectly, how it seesaw’s once you slide it in the slot. If this happens, be sure to flip the memory around (gold pins go into the slot) and try again.
On this particular board the EVGA X99 Classified, they installed in slot 1, 3, 5 and 7. Not all boards have 8 DIMM slots, some only have 4 and some have 16 or more. To be 100% sure on what slots you need to install your RAM to either keep it in Quad Channel or Dual channel, please be sure to check in your motherboard manual or on the motherboard manufactures website.
If you are using Quad Channel memory like the HyperX Predator HX430C15PB2K4/16, you want to make sure you get it running in Quad Channel, though it will run in Dual Channel with slight performance degradation.
Quad Channel memory allows the communication between the memory controllers on the CPU, in this case the Intel Core i7 5930K processor and the RAM. 4 Lanes or communication, allows more information to pass faster than 2 lanes, or Dual Channel. Not all programs/drivers will take advantage of Quad Channel versus Dual Channel so you may not see a performance improvement but as more programs are written to utilize this advancement the performance improvement will become more evident.
So how can we see how to configure it and benchmark it, that’s going to my next page.