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Hi there OCN, pretty much a RAM noob here so excuse my idiocy for a second, I have a few questions on buying RAM for the X79 chipset if you could help. tongue.gif

1. Is it advantageous to buy 'Quad kits' or is it just re-marketing the same DIMM's? I only ask because the Quad kits are substantially more for the same capacity and DIMM configuration.

2. Would 1800MHz+ RAM be overkill for gaming and folding?

3. As I'm hoping to get a board with 8 slots for RAM would it be better to get fewer higher capacity DIMM's or more small capacity DIMM's? e.g. if I wanted 16GB would getting 8x 2GB, 4x 4GB or 2x 8GB be the best? (I know strictly it shouldn't be 2x 8GB as I would be wasting the chance to use Quad channel but I'm intruiged as to which is the best way to go)

If anyone could help me with these few questions I'd be really grateful and of course give rep biggrin.gif

Thanks as always! tongue.gif
Edited by Paradigm84 - 3/4/12 at 3:22pm
post #2 of 59
quad channel kits are just branded as such, you just need atleast 4 sticks of equal size
1800MHz would be no benifit to gaming but may benifit folding IMO
go for 4 x 4GB would be the best option

to see how channeling works
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-011965.htm thumb.gif
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Get two sets of the samsungs and run them at 2133. Check the onlinedeals forum for links.
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post #4 of 59
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Ah ok, thanks for the clarification and the link, it makes more sense now than just "fill up the same colour slots first" that I knew before tongue.gif +rep
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Get two sets of the samsungs and run them at 2133. Check the onlinedeals forum for links.

this^ here's a link
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=samsung+ram&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1289&bih=843&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1693932428983254321&sa=X&ei=IBBPT9q1BaL-sQKH5cCyDg&ved=0CIkCEPMCMAU
and here's why
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Ah ok, thanks for the clarification and the link, it makes more sense now than just "fill up the same colour slots first" that I knew before tongue.gif +rep

yes, in most cases follow the color of the slots but its always best to check the mobos manual thumb.gif
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post #7 of 59
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That Samsung memory looks good, but I've also heard good things about HyperX, Dominator and G.Skill RipjawsX? Or alternatively I could be original and go with Corsair Vengeance tongue.gif

And yeah probably the best idea to check the manual first so I don't do something wrong haha biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

That Samsung memory looks good, but I've also heard good things about HyperX, Dominator and G.Skill RipjawsX? Or alternatively I could be original and go with Corsair Vengeance tongue.gif

And yeah probably the best idea to check the manual first so I don't do something wrong haha biggrin.gif

Those Samsungs are by far better.

More proof for you:
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I had 16GB of those. With my sig rig system, all 16GB hit DDR3-2240 stable. In my server system (that CPUz link), my i3 doesn't seem to like the 2133 divider, but they do nearly 2000 @ 9-9-9-24-1T with only 1.50v. So I've got voltage headroom, and more clock headroom if my 2133 divider just worked.
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I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to RAM so I don't know about overclocking it really, would it really provide much of a performance boost in games or folding?
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I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to RAM so I don't know about overclocking it really, would it really provide much of a performance boost in games or folding?

Folding, absolutely. 3DMark11, you could see up to 1,000 more points. Gaming, meh not really. Everyday tasks, not really, but there might be ever so slight boosts with stuff in cache.

That Samsung stuff is such a great value though, I honestly wouldn't pass up on it. It'll beat the higher end "gaming" RAM that looks pretty, very easily. All you have to do is set the timings and voltage manually, and up the clock speed on them. They'll all do at least 1866 at 9-9-9-24 with 1.50v. Most will do 2133 at 10-10-10-28 with 1.50v, or 9-10-10-28 with 1.55v. Might even get it higher, or tighter with 1.60v.
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