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Curious to know how Corsair rates it's RAM by brand.

I'm thinking its - 1. Dominator GT 2. Dominator 3. Vengence 4. XMS3 5. XMS?

Secondly, is 2000 timing that much difference than 1600?

I know the lower the latency the better the RAM. Curious on timing.

Lastly, I've got 3 OEM Corsair Dominator 1600 6 GB (2x3) Triple Channel Ram and thinking of mixing in another 6GB of retail versions. Didn't know if it would work. The model numbers are different. OEM CM3X2G1600C9D6 9-9-9-24 1600. Can't find same in retail version. Closest is TR3X6G1600C8D retail at Fry's Electronics.

Should I just buy the 12GB kit all same model number?

I'm running a Minecraft server for my kids, family and friends. Eating up some performance when I'm trying to do other things like gaming and streaming, while doing some other tasks.
     
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Should I just buy the 12GB kit all same model number?
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Your right on order of the ram smile.gif Retail ram should be better than the oem, sell the oem ram and get the kit smile.gif
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For the performance tier Dominator GTX & Dominator GT are the top of the line, not sure where all the rest stack up, Dominators have the fancy heatsinks but don't necessarily overclock as well as vengeance & xms (I have a dom 1600Mhz cl8 kit that does not OC as well as memory which was much cheaper).
Higher frequency is higher performance, but you don't really see much performance difference in many things so it becomes a price/performance issue. You could spend more on a high performance kit but not see a difference in games for example.
    
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I was hoping I'd be able to mix my OEM Dominators with Retail version to save some money.

I'm thinking of these:

DDR3 12GB (3x4GB) 2000MHz TRI Channel Corsair XMS3 Series $179.99

DDR3 12GB (3x4GB)1600MHz TRI Channel Corsair Vengence Series $159.99

2 sets of DDR3 6GB (3x2GB) 1600Mhz Triple Channel Corsair Dominator Series $99.99 x 2 = 199.98 which would fill all my slots.

I'm thinking to go with the XMS3 or Vengence but don't know which is better? I belive the Vengence is a higher quality but the XMS3 are 2000 over 1600Mhz. This would also leave 3 slots open to further upgrade should I insanely need to max out my RAM.

P.S. Thanks for the response FTW420, if I could give you a rep I would have. smile.gif

Edited to correct pricing. Whoops.
     
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Originally Posted by FtW 420;13847153 
For the performance tier Dominator GTX & Dominator GT are the top of the line, not sure where all the rest stack up, Dominators have the fancy heatsinks but don't necessarily overclock as well as vengeance & xms (I have a dom 1600Mhz cl8 kit that does not OC as well as memory which was much cheaper).
Higher frequency is higher performance, but you don't really see much performance difference in many things so it becomes a price/performance issue. You could spend more on a high performance kit but not see a difference in games for example.

I too have a CL8 1600MHz Corsair kit that can't OC for anything. frown.gif Guess we paid for the name only. frown.gif
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You could probably mix the OEM with some retail, find something with the same rated voltage, speed & timings & it should all work together.
If the rig won't be doing benchmarking & stuff high performance ram won't be too useful, I'd just go for the cheaper stuff. In the links you have in the previous post the $129 vengeance kit would be fine.
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I too have a CL8 1600MHz Corsair kit that can't OC for anything. frown.gif Guess we paid for the name only. frown.gif

Yeah, mine was over $200 for the 6Gb when i got it. Held back my overclocks/scores so i ended up getting a different kit a couple months later. Just a few months ago I got a 6Gb 1600Mhz 7-8-7 kit that would do 2400Mhz for $120.
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Ok I looked at the 6GB Corsair Domiinator retail and it was different than my OEM. Not even in size of heat sink on the RAM itself was the same. Latency and even voltage differnce, wouldn't pair up.

So I went with 12GB Corsair Vengence (3x4Gb) 1600Mhz kit. It booted up with no problems had to tweak voltage to 1.5v where it should be.

Fry's Electronics matched Neweggs $131.99 on the price to boot. Also has a $20 mail in rebate $111.99 total. All three worked right out of the box. +1 for Corsair. I feel better that I've got the retail version over my OEM downsized Dominators.

Thanks for all those who posted to help me +1 rep to all.

Now my kids can have their Minecraft server without bogging me down when it's running in back ground.
     
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Should I just buy the 12GB kit all same model number?
Yes

Your right on order of the ram smile.gif Retail ram should be better than the oem, sell the oem ram and get the kit smile.gif

Hey Ryanbob1234, isn't your Sabertooth P67 Tri-Channel RAM? Or is the new Sandy Bridge boards dual channel? I'm assuming it dual channel because you show 16GB RAM.

The Sabertooth X58 is Tri-Channel.
     
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