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Should I keep my old RAM in when I get my new G.Skill Snipers?

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My current ram is nothing special, two 2gb, A-DATA DDR3 1600, 1.65 sticks CL9, and I'll be getting two 4gb sticks of G.Skill Sniper 1.5v CL9 ram. Should I leave my current two sticks in? Will the clashing voltages prove problematic?

Also, if somoene could take a look a this picture and tell me why my DDR31600 ram says the max bandwith and speed is 667mhz? I currently have them at 800mhz now, and looking at AIDA and CPU-Z I'm not quite sure if they're running at 1.5v or 1.65v. AIDA says the module voltage is 1.5v, but is that when the frequency is 667mhz? And when I'm at 800, that's when it's 1.65v?

edit: for $2 more I might as well get the 1.25v of the G.Skill Snipers, but either way, I'm still wondering if the conflicting voltages would be prolematic.
Edited by venomblade - 4/16/12 at 11:31pm
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I've always understood RAM to be something that when switched, switch everything just in case. I'm not sure if the difference in voltages would affect anything BUT i would highly suggest avoiding any possibility of incompatibility/malfunction. But that's just me.
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Yes the voltages would be problematic. Theres no reason to buy 1.5v ram if your going to keep 1.65v in your system. Lower voltage = lower temps. Also dont think your setup will support 1.25v ram. Thats awfully low for a denab setup if I recall right. Youll never notice the difference between 8 and 12 gigs in your sig rig. If it were me Id just run the gskill and sell the adata.
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Yes the voltages would be problematic. Theres no reason to buy 1.5v ram if your going to keep 1.65v in your system. Lower voltage = lower temps. Also dont think your setup will support 1.25v ram. Thats awfully low for a denab setup if I recall right. Youll never notice the difference between 8 and 12 gigs in your sig rig. If it were me Id just run the gskill and sell the adata.

I don't think anybody would want to take my A-DATA, haha. But I was originally thinking of doing that, only running the G.Skill, but if I could get 4 more gb for an added 12 that would've been a plus in my book. My only reason for getting more ram is because in BF3 I see RAM usage up to 94% and I get very frequent stutters,(my VRAM always stays below 900mb so I don't think that's it)
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Yea, just run with the 8gb if overclocking, you could probably get away with the 12Gb in there with 4gb slot 1 chA 4gb slot 2 chB, 2gb slot3 chA 2gb slot 4 chB all at 1.6 and whatever timings are looser on the sets. But then it might be tricky to get anything over 1333 work good with the different voltage and timings on them. Phenom has a weak mem controller so you should really only be running two sticks if you are going to go to town with them..
It looks like your ram is being set to 1333 speeds, just hop on into bios and manually adjust your timings.
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Personally I have two kits rated the same from gskill

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

Granted they're rated exactly the same, I'm using them as a RAMdisk since I have it...
Just bumped up CPU/NB a lil and it's great!
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