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I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to RAM. I would like to upgrade my RAM for a smoother experience with my video editing software (Sony Vegas, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.).

I currently have 6GB of RAM, 2x2GB of Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24, and 1x2GB of Crucial memory at 1333MHz (I think lol), not exactly sure about the timings but my friend gave me this stick for free.

I want to know which route would be best to ensure the fastest performance for my system. I was considering ordering a pair of Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 but this time getting 2x4GB totaling at 12 GB.

Would this be the ideal method to get the most out of my RAM or would it be better to order a pair of Dominators that are simply 2x2GB.

My motherboard is an EVGA P55 FTW if that helps, any help is greatly appreciated. If this is a commonly reoccurring question then I do apologize, no harm intended.
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Nah, the dominators suck

Go with the GSkill ripjaws 1600Mhz@7-8-7-24 throw in 8Gb and that should be enough.

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This. ^^^^
 
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Just to confirm, if you get the Gskills with teh different timing, you can't really use your XMS3 memory as that would change the New memory timings and make them slow down, you'd need to replace your entire memory set to get the full benefit.

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Or just run them at the lowest settings or try to oc the slow ones.

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Since he's using video rendering applications which will rely heavily on memory speed, that's not really the best idea tbh.

The timings on the Gskill's are what make them so awesome. The XMS3's will never hit those timings. I know cause I got em

TBH he'd be better off selling off his XMS3's and replacing the entire set. Otherwise his machine just isn't going to be performing the best it could.
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Or just run them at the lowest settings or try to oc the slow ones.

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post #8 of 12
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Alright so I guess I can invest in these; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-401-_-Product

Now as I said I'm not an expert with RAM so if anyone could help explain dual channel a bit I would really appreciate it. What conflicts with dual channel, what provides the best possible outcome, how to decide on RAM, whether I need to use like-GB modules or not.

It would be of great help, thank you!
Edited by Necrodox - 4/27/11 at 5:47am
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post #9 of 12
Those are the right strips

They are epic, Dual channel means it transfers data with the CPU over two pipes instead of one. Unlike triple channel which uses 3 pipes.

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Just so I have a better understanding what might slow the performance of this technology? Different memory size modules? Different timings?

Would it be alright if I used two different pairs of RAM but they had the same memory size, timings and voltages?
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