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Which one is the best for overclocking and gaming?

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231311

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...bles-_-na-_-na

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...bles-_-na-_-na

Edit: My motherboard has Memory Standard DDR3 1800(OC) / 1666 / 1333 / 1066. Can I use DDR3 1600?
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post #2 of 9
I dont see why you cant, tell it to run the memory @ 1600, go and have a look in the bios at the options to see if you actually can.

EDIT: go for 1600MHz just because they would be faster.
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You can use 1600 but it may drop the speed to 1333.
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Your motherboard will automatically drop the speed of the 1600mhz Ram to 1333mhz.

You can either spend a little extra more and get Ram rated at 1800mhz or higher or go for the 1333mhz.

There is a benefit in buying the 1600mhz ram and that is that you will be able to get tighter timings at 1333mhz, but any ram running at 1800mhz will be tremendously faster.
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post #5 of 9
Since nobody has actually answered your question-....................get the low voltage 1600 type, I`ve read the low voltage memory can be over volted up to the norm (1.65) safely and therefore you have better oc`ing potential. Also 1600mhz ram will make overclocking the cpu easier as they are linked (at least intel is)
    
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post #6 of 9
They pretty much answered your question. You should try to get 1800mhz ram or you should get some 1600 and run it 1333 and tighten the timings.
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DDR3 1600 seems to be the sweet spot for the Phenom II.
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post #8 of 9
I have the ripjaws x Cl9 with 8-8-8-1t ganged timings on my OC. If that puts things into perspective. Completely stable. 75runs of linx 10hours of prime95 load 45C
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You can use 1600 but it may drop the speed to 1333.
1600Mhz will run fine after manual setting to x8 multiplier and manual timings on all AM3 boards. It is also the sweet spot for AMD memory performance; any lower provides steeper drops, but any higher provides little gain esp. depending on timings.
The generic 1333 9-9-9 kit is likely not to OC much at all (timings or speed) due to low binning on 4GB DIMMs with generic spec/settings. This may also hold back system OC with bus clock.
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