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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I think I'm just going to go with plan B. Buy another 16GB of ram making it 32 GB. And then slapped back in the 8 GB ram and see if it works. If not no big deal.
Ok, just bought another 16 GB stick from Crucial. So I will have 2X16 GB. I've been trying to do my homework so I down loaded the 8950 service manual. In the manual it says:
"NOTE: To achieve dual-channel support when installing two memory modules of the same capacity, install the memory modules in DIMM 1 and 2 or DIMM 3 and 4."
So I should stick the 2 sticks of 16 GB ram in slots 1 &2 or 3&4. Right?
Yes, I found that in the installation manual too. They will be going in DIMM1 & Dimm2 like you said. The extra 8GB stick I'll put into DIMM3 , to see if it works.
I’ll be your huckleberry. My procedures will be:
Ok, what happens if it doesn’t work? Does the system crash? Will it do anything to the computer, like screw up files etc.?
If not, it will not pass POST test. So either you see black screen or hear a few beeps, then reboot itself. System won't be able to crash cuz it never gets into a stable state to crash yet.