Can I run a single module of ram in gaming?

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Would I be able to use a single stick of 16gb DDR4 ram to play games? I was planning on buying a 2x8gb kit but the price escalated to impossible heights.
A single stick of 16gb is actually cheaper. Would I be able to use the stick with no drops in performance? If there are drops how manageable is it.

Best Answer:

Caleb S: Yes you will be able to game on a single channel of 16GB RAM. If your motherboard supports dual channel RAM then it would of course be faster if you got 2 x 8 GB.

I shouldn't worry about any visible performance drops, I mean obviously it won't be as fast as dual channel but it'll be perfectly fine.

Other answer:

Caleb S:
Would I be able to use the stick with no drops in performance?

No.

Why? You have a relay race. There are two people in this relay. You are taking one out. There is an effective speed at play here. I have 1866MHz modules. If I only install one it will run at half speed. The only way to manage that is to install the second module.

Can I run a single module of ram in gaming? http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/does-dual…

Yes.

The PC should still boot. The configuration is just as important as the amount.

James:
It is better to use two 8GB sticks of RAM in your case because you get what is called 'dual channel' which will give you about a c.5-10% increase in the performance of your RAM.
Andy L:
In integrated graphics with no graphics card, matching as a pair of sticks is important.
It affects the bit rate of paging of the processor.
I general system use, it makes little difference.

Also, some motherboard will not support 16GB ram sticks.
2x8GB is usually cheaper than 1×16 in western countries
http://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/…

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