CanadaRAM - Clarification please on dual channel access with 3.3 GB configuration

Discussion in 'iMac' started by x10, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. x10 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    CanadaRAM - I have a question about dual channel access with the 3.3 GB configuration (i.e. 2 GB x 2 with Core2Duo (not Santa Rosa)).

    I read the guide at These two items:

    "All Intel Core Macs support dual channel memory access if matching modules are installed."


    "Earlier Core 2 Duo machines [i.e. not Santa Rosa] can recognize a potential 3.3 GB (with 2 x 2 GB installed... the top 700 MB is wasted, so the practical maximum is 3 Gb with 1 x 1 Gb and 1 x 2 Gb). This is a hardware limitation. With 4 GB installed, these machines will report 4 GB in System Profiler, but the operating system will only use 3.3 GB."

    The question is, what does dual channel memory access look like for the 3.3 GB configuration?

    a) The 3.3 GB configuration does not support dual channel access despite the matching modules (due to the hardware limitation, the sticks aren't seen as matching?)

    b) Up to 1.3 GB (the usable amount of the second 2 GB stick) from each stick gets used in dual channel access mode (i.e. 2.6 GB total used as dual-channel, 0.7 GB used as single-channel; seems unlikely)

    c) None of the above (if so, please explain)

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You may want to PM him to get a quicker response. I think its mapped across the 2 sticks so each stick is 1.65GB of useable.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You get dual channel across both modules - Dual Channel is all or nothing, you can't have dual channel on part of a module.

    The 3.3 limitation is due to the other hardware on the motherboard hogging the address spaces that would be used to address the top 700 Mb of the memory space.

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