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.
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.
Would I be able to use the stick with no drops in performance?
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…
The PC should still boot. The configuration is just as important as the amount.
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.
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