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Best 16Gb (4X4Gb) Dual Channel Ram Kit?

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Hi

What is the Best 16Gb (4X4) Dual channel Ram Kit for under £100 that will be compatible with the Noctua NH-D14?

I am currently looking at the Corsair Vengence LP 16GB kit.

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What is your definition of "Best" ?

Best value, best looking, best OC'ing ????? Best may also be a function of availablity for some folks?

Any of the brand name RAM performs identically at the same frequency and latencies. If your planning to OC 16 GB. places more stress on the IMC and may limit your CPU/RAM OC. If you need or just want 16 GB. that's fine but 16 GB. doesn't increase system speed per se over 8 GB. but it allows you to run more apps. concurrently or larger apps. like CAD, viseo editing, etc. slightly quicker in some instances.
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AMD4ME why do you have to be so picky about what his definition of best is?

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What is your definition of "Best" ?
Best value, best looking, best OC'ing ????? Best may also be a function of availablity for some folks?
Any of the brand name RAM performs identically at the same frequency and latencies. If your planning to OC 16 GB. places more stress on the IMC and may limit your CPU/RAM OC. If you need or just want 16 GB. that's fine but 16 GB. doesn't increase system speed per se over 8 GB. but it allows you to run more apps. concurrently or larger apps. like CAD, viseo editing, etc. slightly quicker in some instances.

My definition of best is the fastest ram out of the box e.g. lowest timings out of the box. also general quality and best benchmark reults.

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With a PII the default RAM frequency is 1333 MHz. Typically people can OC the RAM on a Deneb CPU to ~1600-1800 MHz. With a Thuban you may get as high as ~1800- 2000 MHz. - maybe. With 16 GB. I would not plan on hitting the high end of the range however. You may also desire to confirm with your mobo maker that the BIOS does not block your ability to OC the RAM if you use 4 DIMMs - as some BIOS do.

That being the case you could select from any of the name brand 16 GB. RAM kits say with an 1866 MHz. rated frequency and the lowest latency keeping in mind that testing by Tom's Hardware, AnandTech and X-Bit Labs shows there is no "significant" gains in real world applications with DDR3 above ~1333 MHz. or with tighter latencies. Some folks like to argue over the definition of "significant" which in this case means if you can't see it or feel it in real world application performance, it's not significant even if synthetic benches show theoretical gains - that aren't seen real world.

The first link is 2x 8 GB. RAM kits @ 1866 MHz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006130%20600006072&IsNodeId=1&name=16GB%20%282%20x%208GB%29

The second link is 4x 4 GB. RAM kits @ 1866 MHz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006130%20600006073&IsNodeId=1&name=16GB%20%284%20x%204GB%29

The 2x 8 GB. kits tend to be more expensive at the moment but they "might" offer a slight advantage with CPU OC'ing - might? I personally would not pay extra for an 8 GB. DIMM or higher frequency RAM than 1866 MHz. as objective testing show no significant performance gain in real apps.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble/10#post_16866022

Also keep in mind that as RAM frequency increases one clock cycle become less and less in real time. This is why tighter latencies do not produce much change at higher frequency compared to the lower frequencies associated with DDR/DDR2.

As always I recommend that people Buy What Makes Them Happy - I do. thumb.gif
Edited by AMD4ME - 4/2/12 at 8:15am
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AMD4ME why do you have to be so picky about what his definition of best is?
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Because it's impossible to answer his question if we don't know what his definition of "best" is. wink.gif
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