Originally Posted by kevindd992002
Well, what's your take on this thread of mine: http://www.overclock.net/intel-memor...g-ram-8gb.html
wherein pioneerisloud is suggesting otherwise? He's saying that it would be better to have 4x2GB kit and it would overclock better than the 8GB (2x4GB) kit. Besides, 4GB modules are hard to overclock, right?
Pretty much exactly what it has been for a while with OCing. You get what you pay for, anything else is a bonus.
If you pay for two kits of 1600MHz CL6 RAM, that's all your guaranteed. Expecting
any kit to OC to 2000+ CL6 is hopeful. Expecting TWO
kits to do it is a little foolish. If the RAM was always stable at those settings, it probably would have been sold at those settings. In my experience, the fewer sticks I had to contend with (assuming they were all high quality) the more likely I have been to get a good OC out of them.
My Recent History:
--2x2GB of 800MHz (5600+ x2 Athlon AM2 socket) OC'd 1066. Upgraded to 4x2GB sticks OC'd to ~950.
--i7-920 C0 stepping, 3x2GB sticks 1600 OC'd to 1867 (on a less-than-stellar mobo), 6x2GB sticks wouldn't run higher than ~1650 stable.
--i7-970 (bought 3 2x2GB kits): 3 sticks, stable to a little over 1900MHz, 6 sticks ~1800ish.
--2600k, 2x2GB sticks 1600MHz, OCd to 2133. 3x2GB (was a spare tri-channel kit I had laying around), 1800MHz
--2600k, 2x4GB sticks 1600 - have yet to OC this rig yet.
In my experience the more sticks I had, the lower my overclock went. That was with minor voltage bumps, and not messing with CAS latency at all.
The ultimate thing to remember: Overclocking is NOT a science.
People form their own opinions due to conflicting data mixed with their personal history. It's about taking the aggregate knowledge available and making it work for you.