I just bought a XPS 8950 that came with 8GB DDR5, 1X8GB 4400MHz. I just bought from Crucial 16GB DDR5 4800MHz 1X16 GB. Will this work and give me 24GB or ram? Or should I ditch the 8GB ram that came with the computer and buy another 16GB of ram to get 32GB of ram?
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It may work though 24GB is not one of the listed compatible totals on the 8950 support page. Besides with 24 GB you will only have dual channel running on 8 GB of the 16GB RAM module. The better solution would indeed be to get another 16GB module for 32GB of RAM total.
@Bruce Kurtz If you don't need 32 GB of memory, you can run 1 x 16 GB which is an allowed configuration by removing the 1 x 8 GB and installing the 1 x 16 GB. Both 1 x 8 GB and 1 x 16 GB configurations will run in single-channel mode.
@Bruce Kurtz Not both 1x8 GB and 1x16 GB together but separately installed. If you were to try them together, I am not sure what slots you should put them in. My guess would be one module in DIMM1 (white securing clip, second slot from the CPU) and one module in DIMM3 (black securing clip, closest slot to the CPU).
So you are referring to my orignal post: "Will this work and give me 24 GB or ram?" Your answer: no.
"Or should I ditch the 8 GB ram that came with the computer and buy another 16 GB of ram to get 32 GB of ram?" Your answer: yes. I'm looking at all possibilites. 1X8 GB & 2X16GB = 40 GB of ram. Is that possible or should I just forget the 8 GB of ram.
* Go back to the top of this XPS Desktops board
* Open, "FAQ XPS Desktops"
* Open, "FAQ XPS 8950"
It shows the validated OEM ram and validated memory configurations.
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