I had 16GB of DDR2 dual channel RAM on 4 4GB DIMMs on my Vista 64 rig. I started having random blue screen crashes and sure enough, the third DIMM has gone bad (tested with MemTest86+, removed DIMM and errors are gone).
I'm wondering, since this is dual channel, would Vista 64 and other 64-bit programs such as 3D rendering software suffer if I use 3 DIMMs? I don't really need to replace the bad DIMM but I don't want one of the three to go unused.
I guess my ? is; can the computer still use 12GB of RAM on 3 DIMMs in 'dual channel'? Would the third DIMM go unused, or used less, or something? :)
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