RAM for 2010 MacBook - Does it matter if 1 stick or 2?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dmk1974, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    For my 2010 MacBook, I ordered a 4GB stick of ram to replace the two 1GB sticks that it came with. Will I have any issue using just a single 4GB stick of RAM while leaving the other memory bank empty? Thanks.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You could, or you could leave one of the 1GB chips in and have 5GB
  3. ViPhone macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    Shouldn't. Might affect dual channel though, not having the "ideal" identical (2+2) sticks in both. Not really sure. It wouldn't be noticeable anyway with the increase in speed that you would experience as a result of the doubled-RAM.

    You could even go higher on the memory if you wanted to.
  4. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    you can use one stick at a time, or two mismatched sticks, it doesn't matter.

    In fact, most people test new ram by trying one stick at a time, to make sure they work. It's perfectly legitimate.

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