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Hi all!


My birthday is the 23rd June, and I'm just putting together something I hope to get money for:


Currently:
Case: CM 690 II Adv.
CPU-cooler: Corsair H50 w/ 2x Sharkoon System-Fan P's
RAM: 4Gb. Kingston HyperX Grey Edition XMP2 DDR3 1600Mhz. CL9

Will get:
Case: Silverstone Raven RV03
CPU-cooler: Antec Kühler 920
RAM: ???

I'm torn between these two kits:

8Gb. Mushkin Blackline DDR3 1600Mhz. CL9 (Frostbyte heatsinks)

Link: http://www.memoryc.com/products/desc...GB_/index.html

8Gb. G.Skill RipJawsX DDR3 1600Mhz. CL9

Link: http://www.memoryc.com/computermemor...jawseries.html


Enlighten me, my fellow brothers and sisters
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My vote is for the G.Skill. Little bit lower voltage so it has the potential of higher overclocks, if you're into that. But even if you're not, it will run a little cooler and consume less power. Plus, they look cooler
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The mushkin needs 1.65v.
The gskill needs 1.5v.
Both run at same speeds.
Sandybridge supports 1.5v ram - even though it can run 1.65v.

100% get the gskill.

EDIT: Badger beat me to it lol
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Originally Posted by Seventh Badger View Post
My vote is for the G.Skill. Little bit lower voltage so it has the potential of higher overclocks, if you're into that. But even if you're not, it will run a little cooler and consume less power. Plus, they look cooler
You do have some great arguments

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The mushkin needs 1.65v.
The gskill needs 1.5v.
Both run at same speeds.
Sandybridge supports 1.5v ram - even though it can run 1.65v.

100% get the gskill.

EDIT: Badger beat me to it lol
The voltage seems to mean nothing. My Kingston RAM runs at 1.65V from stock, so it has nothing to do with compatibility... Unless I misread your answer?
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The voltage seems to mean nothing. My Kingston RAM runs at 1.65V from stock, so it has nothing to do with compatibility... Unless I misread your answer?
Should have said Intel 'recommends' Sandy should use 1.5v for RAM. Something to do with the way VCCIO operates i believe.

I know it's been said that running any more than 1.65v can lead to long term degredation of the CPU due to memory voltage needing to be ideally within 0.5v of VCCIO voltage (which is 1.1v on Sandy). Running 1.65v and your pushing the limits of what the CPU and motherbaord can natively handle. If you want to overclock RAM rated @ 1.65v on Sandy you'll need to overclock VCCIO aswell.

Given the choice between two sets of RAM that run at the same speed but with different voltages, it's a no brainer to get the lower voltage set surely. Not neccessarily if you already have 1.65v RAM, but if your buying from scratch then the answer is obvious.
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Originally Posted by lyster View Post
Should have said Intel 'recommends' Sandy should use 1.5v for RAM. Something to do with the way VCCIO operates i believe.

I know it's been said that running any more than 1.65v can lead to long term degredation of the CPU due to memory voltage needing to be ideally within 0.5v of VCCIO voltage (which is 1.1v on Sandy). Running 1.65v and your pushing the limits of what the CPU and motherbaord can natively handle. If you want to overclock RAM rated @ 1.65v on Sandy you'll need to overclock VCCIO aswell.

Given the choice between two sets of RAM that run at the same speed but with different voltages, it's a no brainer to get the lower voltage set surely. Not neccessarily if you already have 1.65v RAM, but if your buying from scratch then the answer is obvious.
Completely agree with this ^^
    
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