How to check if your Computer Memory is running in Dual Channel Mode.

So, a Friend asked me how he can check if his Computer Memory is running in Dual Channel Mode. He was unsure if he did integrate his Memory Modules correctly on his Mainboard to let the Memory run in the fast Dual Channel Mode. I told him about a Way to proof it while his Computer is restarting, however he didn´t really get where he has to look. But there is another easy Method which you can use to look if everything is right and if your Memory is running in Dual Channel Mode.

What you can do is, downloading a Tool called CPU-Z and install it on your System. This is basically a Tool which you can use to gathers differend Information on some of the Main Devices of your System. So, we can indeed use it to find out if we integrated our Memory Modules correctly on the Mainboard and if our System Memory is not running in the slower Single Channel Mode as we want it to run in the faster Dual Channel Mode which gives us a much better Data Transfer Rate.

So, start installing CPU-Z. Once done, you now need to start CPU-Z…

You see now a small Window with some Tabs on top which are called “CPU”, “Caches”, “Mainboard”, “Memory”, “SPD”, “Graphics” and “About”. Since we want to find out Informations abour Memory, it is somewhat self-explanatory that we now click on the “Memory” Tab. This is the Area where we can get some Informations about our RAM, the so called Memory.

To find out if our RAM (Random-Access Memory) is running in Dual Channel Mode, we now just have to look for the Label called “Channels #”. If you can read “Dual” beside it, then everything is ok and your RAM is running in Dual Channel Mode. You would read “Single” there if your RAM is running in the slower Single Channel Mode. That is all… you now know in what kind of Mode your Memory is running.

But as you can see, you can find some other Informations about your RAM there. For example the Type of Ram you did integrate in your System.. like DDR2, DDR3 and so. The size of your RAM.. in my Case I have 8GB (8192 Mbytes) DDR3 RAM integrated as you can see on the Image. You can also find out further Information on what kind of Dual Channel Mode you run under “DC Mode”.. Unganged (2x64bit Dual Channel) or Ganged Mode (1x128bit Dual Channel).

Then you can find out your NB Frequency (Northbridge Frequency), DRAM Frequency and everything about the Latencys and Timings of your RAM.

That was all about Memory but as you can imagine when you see the other Tabs.. CPU-Z can give you indeed Informations on all your other System Components like CPU Informations, Mainboard and Graphicdevice Informations and so on. It´s a nifty and small Tool I often suggest if People ask me how to find out some Informations about the own System Devices. Hope that helped and hope you understand now how to find out if your System Memory is running in Dual Channel Mode.

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4 Responses to How to check if your Computer Memory is running in Dual Channel Mode.

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  3. Is there another method? Didn’t managed to run CPU-Z (version 1.71) here in Windows 10 TP X64.

    • Dennis says:

      Yes you can see it when you boot up your system and when you see the screen where your system counts up the memory. If you run the ram in dual channel mode, you should either see the term dual channel, ganged or unganged mode beside the counted up memory amount.

      Also if your mainboard has colored ram slots, and if you did put both of the exact same ram chips into one color, it is for sure dual channel then. I think most mainboards have it colored today. Hope it helped.

      I think CPU-Z is as most tools not compatible with early versions of Windows 10.

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