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Well, I'm replacing both mine and my girlfriends RAM at the same time, so what do you recommend as a good dual channel kit?
I have heard the Vengeance ones are good, but are there others?
EDIT:: LIke this kit for example?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_218_1125&products_id=16437
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read my review on this kit and do yourself a favor thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
I have not had a good experience with corsair ram in general so I definitely have a poor opinion of their stuff. Im partial to gskill in the RAM department.

Seems pretty good lol, though Im not looking for overclocking my RAM right now (ONly really got my head around ocing my CPU lol) but I guess it's good to have that option for later. Im assuming it's still a worthy kit even at stock?

EDIT:: Also, on the website I buy my parts from, it has a list of motherboards that are qualified with that RAM, and mine doesnt seem to be on it. I have the Gigabyte Z69XP-UD5, it should still be fine right? I mean, RAM isnt like a CPU, needing a certain socket type (Besides the obvious DDR3 aspect of course)
Edited by Ragnarok05 - 2/6/12 at 9:23pm
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most definitely. running stock voltage at 1.25v vs. others' 1.5 or 1.6v.
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most definitely. running stock voltage at 1.25v vs. others' 1.5 or 1.6v.

I may have to get it, but will it be compatable with my motherboard? I dunno if you saw my edit to my last post, lol.
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I have had luck both ways- using ram NOT on the qualified list and getting good results, and on the flipside, using ram ON the qualified list and getting crap results. I dont think it was on my boards list either. May just not have been around for testing. I really wouldnt sweat it. At worst, you just have to manually set timings/voltage and you should be good.
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I have had luck both ways- using ram NOT on the qualified list and getting good results, and on the flipside, using ram ON the qualified list and getting crap results. I dont think it was on my boards list either. May just not have been around for testing. I really wouldnt sweat it. At worst, you just have to manually set timings/voltage and you should be good.

And how do I do that, or how do I know I need to do that?
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Well, for any motherboard, youd just go to the mfgr. website and find your board's page, then just look for the "QVL" or "qualified vendors list" or etc... whatever they call it. Here is yours:

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_ga-z68xp-ud5.pdf

Page 3 starts the 1600mhz stuff. But like I said, ASUS usually has pretty in dept QVL's, yours looks kind of limited, but its nothing to worry about. Chances are most of the 1600mhz stuff you pick will work. If you really want to, just pick up something off their list. But they don't have 8gb on there so if you wanted to really be picky then buy two of the approved 4gb kits. Id rather just buy one whole 8gb pair though.

but anyways, don't get wrapped around the QVL. When I did my second build I wanted to do it right so I took like 5 days reasearching ram off the list and bought some corsair vengeance....and it refused to work, nor did the second set.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL020712&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL020712-_-EMC-020712-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231445-L010D

That set happens to be on promo right now, pretty good kit there. EDIT: nvm its not, just an email offer promo...still a good kit. But the sniper is cheaper thumb.gif
Edited by guitarmageddon88 - 2/7/12 at 5:57am
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Well, for any motherboard, youd just go to the mfgr. website and find your board's page, then just look for the "QVL" or "qualified vendors list" or etc... whatever they call it. Here is yours:
http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_ga-z68xp-ud5.pdf
Page 3 starts the 1600mhz stuff. But like I said, ASUS usually has pretty in dept QVL's, yours looks kind of limited, but its nothing to worry about. Chances are most of the 1600mhz stuff you pick will work. If you really want to, just pick up something off their list. But they don't have 8gb on there so if you wanted to really be picky then buy two of the approved 4gb kits. Id rather just buy one whole 8gb pair though.
but anyways, don't get wrapped around the QVL. When I did my second build I wanted to do it right so I took like 5 days reasearching ram off the list and bought some corsair vengeance....and it refused to work, nor did the second set.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL020712&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL020712-_-EMC-020712-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231445-L010D
That set happens to be on promo right now, pretty good kit there. EDIT: nvm its not, just an email offer promo...still a good kit. But the sniper is cheaper thumb.gif

Thanks for that smile.gif

But if I do have to set my timing manually, how do I know I need to do so? Like will it not work properly or will it just have some performance issues?
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Thanks for that smile.gif
But if I do have to set my timing manually, how do I know I need to do so? Like will it not work properly or will it just have some performance issues?

Well you might tell right away because your system wont boot up. The first thing Id think of would be the memory specs at that point. If you get into windows just fine, open up cpu-z and check your memory timings just to verify. I would go into the bios and enter the memory defaults anyways just to be rendundant. If the memory is xmp there will also be an option right in the bios to enable xmp, and that should cover the settings for you. Again, though ,verify in cpu-z because sometimes xmp profiles will enable some ungodly voltage or something. Also, if you have all settings at defualt, and you are still getting instability, it could be the sign of faulty sticks, and youll have to run memtest off a usb to check for errors.

http://www.memtest.org/download/4.20/memtest86+-4.20.usb.installer.zip

Also, look in your manual, does your board have some sort of dram led fault light on it? Soem boards that have that feature will show you exactly what part is faulting and you can then get into your bios and fix whatever is causing, whether its vga, cpu, dram, etc...they usually all have leds these days.
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Well you might tell right away because your system wont boot up. The first thing Id think of would be the memory specs at that point. If you get into windows just fine, open up cpu-z and check your memory timings just to verify. I would go into the bios and enter the memory defaults anyways just to be rendundant. If the memory is xmp there will also be an option right in the bios to enable xmp, and that should cover the settings for you. Again, though ,verify in cpu-z because sometimes xmp profiles will enable some ungodly voltage or something. Also, if you have all settings at defualt, and you are still getting instability, it could be the sign of faulty sticks, and youll have to run memtest off a usb to check for errors.
http://www.memtest.org/download/4.20/memtest86+-4.20.usb.installer.zip
Also, look in your manual, does your board have some sort of dram led fault light on it? Soem boards that have that feature will show you exactly what part is faulting and you can then get into your bios and fix whatever is causing, whether its vga, cpu, dram, etc...they usually all have leds these days.

Well, this should keep me on the right track if anything goes wrong, but hopefully nothing does. But I'm sure it wont, RAM is pretty standard when compared to other parts.
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