What’s up with DIMM?

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I am considering purchasing an All in One computer. Almost everything is equal except when it comes to the amount of DIMM. One has 1 DIMM, and the other has 2 DIMM's; and, is of course, more expensive. This is the configuration: 8GB DDR3-1600MHz SODIMM Memory [1 DIMM] The other one is exactly the same except for 2 DIMM'S. Can you tell me what the difference is between the two as far as performance goes? Thank you.

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  • TomLiotta
    There is no way to say anything meaningful about performance from that. Is the alternative two 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) SODIMMs? What is the OS? Assuming "everything is equal" means that both have 8GB RAM along with other system characteristics, and memory speeds are the same, and the OS can actually make use of 8GB, then performance really has no significant connection. -- Tom
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  • Juzme2
    Thank you. The operating system is Windows 8, and they do both have 8GB RAM. That is the only difference between the two--except for screen size--and that's not a major consideration for me. I want to know if having one more DIMM will increase the overall performance, or what affect it has on the system? 
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    Thank you. My question has been answered. Juzme
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  • Meredith Courtemanche
    More DIMMs per channel can also decrease transfer speeds. Steve Bigelow wrote about DIMM (for server memory) on SearchDataCenter recently, covering memory voltage here: http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/answer/The-truth-about-server-memory-voltage 
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