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

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

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    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

    alust2013

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

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    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

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    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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