A friend found some nice hardware deals on Amazon and upgraded his system and asked me later 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 that 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 you can use to gathers different information’s of your system hardware. 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 that 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 that are called “CPU”, “Caches”, “Mainboard”, “Memory”, “SPD”, “Graphics” and “About”. Since we want to find out information’s about memory, it is somewhat self-explanatory that we now click on the “Memory” tab. This is the area where we can get some information about our memory, the so-called RAM.
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 information about your RAM there. For example the type of RAM you did integrate in your system.. like DDR2, DDR3 and so. I can find information’s about the size of your memory, in my case in the screenshot I have 8GB (8192 Mbytes) DDR3 RAM integrated.
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 latency 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 some helpful information’s about all your other system components like CPU information’s, mainboard and graphics card related information’s. It´s a nifty and small tool I often suggest if people ask me how to find out more about the own system hardware.
I hope that helped and I hope you understand now how to find out if your system memory is running in dual channel mode.