Originally Posted by blackalphabet
so, let me get this straight .
its suggested to ditch my current 2 sticks of the G. Skill Eco , and buy a totally different set, for cheaper (which sounds good, due to low cost, compared to $60 for only 4GB) , does this mean when I install a new set of memory sticks, I have to re-configure my entire OC settings? or how does it work when i plug in a completely different ram set?
since it's only about $50 for 8GB, i might as well push for 16GB .
alright, since everyone is making a little more sense, still a little unclear.
+1 for everyone.
Your new RAM may OC the same or differently than your current RAM. Your CPU settings will probably stay the same or real close. The only way to tell what works best is by trying it.
If you need or can use 16 GB. of RAM, cool go for it. Otherwise you're just wasting $40 as 16 GB. won't make your PC run any faster, it just allows you to have more applications open concurrently or use large apps like CAD or video editing.xd_1771-We can respectfully agree-to-disagree on mixing of DDR3 RAM.
As I have posted before Corsair specifically states that their DDR3 RAM frequency and latencies are for the specific DIMM or RAM kit. Corsair states that if you combine multiple DIMMs or RAM kits - even of the same part number - they are NOT guaranteed to function at the advertised latencies and frequency as for ONE DIMM or ONE RAM kit - if they operate at all without issues . You can CONFIRM this with Corsair Tech if you desire.
Other RAM suppliers may or may not be doing the same speed binning of their RAM. All you can do is check with their Tech Support. Typically on their websites there is a disclaimer stating exactly what Corsair has stated in the Support Forums and I have stated above.
In regards to mixing two different model DDR3 RAM kits, that is not recommended for the obvious reason that the ICs could be different and may not play nice together. The only way to tell if mixing of RAM will work is by actual testing. Some times people get lucky and it does work. Other times it's just wasted money. In this case with the OP's situation - He can buy a matched 2x 4GB. RAM kit for $20. LESS
than trying to make two of the same RAM kits play nice at some unknown frequency and at some unknown latencies.
To me I'd go with the best bet for the least expense, which is a matched 2x 4 GB. RAM kit for ~$40. But as always, I tell people to Buy what makes you happy
My comment regarding 2x 4GB. DDR3 DIMMs being a better choice than 4x 2 GB. DDR3 DIMMs was in reference to OC'ing the CPU. We already know that OC'ing DDR3 RAM above 1333 MHz. doesn't produce any tangible performance gain in real applications so it's wasted effort.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1206332/help-me-through-my-bottleneck-6-7-6-24-1t-1333mhz/20#post_16432691Edited by AMD4ME - 2/24/12 at 12:33pm