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I5 3570K & Asus Z77 Pro, Memory advice needed!

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Hello,

So I am going to buy a new rig, already orderd the CPU & Mobo.

Now I don't know what memory I should buy, I was leaning towards G.Skill DDR3 1600 ram.

I can choose out of all these :

http://www.alternate.be/html/categoryListing.html?cat1=22&cat2=368&cat3=0&manufacturer=true&tn=HARDWARE&l1=Geheugen&l2=DDR3&l3=DDR3-1600&page=3&criteriasCount=6&bfbox=1#G.Skill

I was looking at the G.Skill 16 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, F3-1600C8Q-16GAB, Ares-Serie)

Or

G.Skill 16 GB DDR3-1600 Quad-Kit (Light-Retail, F3-12800CL7Q-16GBZM)

I would look to have advice on buying memory from that site I linked.

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post #2 of 4
Well, I find that websites format to be absolutely awful.

So I will offer you information instead.

SB and as far as I know IB does not really benefit for having really high clocked ram, more of just tighter timings. the best "worth it" speed is 1866, anything over that you really get diminished returns for the price point let alone you will not see any real world performance increase. I'd say for SB/IB the "standard" amongst users is cas 9 1600 with 1.5v. Overclocking can be done but once again anything over 1866 isn't really worth it and tighter timings are still generally a better idea.

I myself have a 8gb set of Corsair low voltage 1.35v 1600 cas 9 ram which I haven't gotten a chance to overclock yet but hopefully will run about 1.65v through them and either bump up the speed slightly or just tighten the timings to around cas 7 or 8.

More or less any 1600 cas 9 ram will work just peachy. Your purchasing options will only vary in how hard you can push them.
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Well, first, what are you going to be using this system for? If it's for gaming or any number of other everyday tasks, you probably don't need 16GB and can save yourself some money on unnecessary memory. Particularly in gaming, once you have enough, more doesn't really make a difference, it's the speed (frequency) that will influence performance after you hit about 8GB.

 

Also, from what I can tell, the two sets you're looking at are CL8 and CL7. In most (not all, obviously) cases, you won't notice a significant difference between either of these and CL9. Regardless of whether you end up getting 16GB or something less, I would recommend grabbing a CL9 kit, since the cost to upgrade to CL8 or CL7 is exorbitantly high. Check out these benchmarks if you want some confirmation of this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/6

 

You'll notice (even in the CPU physics test) that it's the frequency of the memory, not the CAS latency that really makes the difference.

 

If you're set on G.Skill, I would recommend this set: G.Skill 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL, Ripjaws-Serie).

 

Also, Corsair makes good stuff as well: Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9).

 

Hope this was helpful!

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i have 2 kits of these F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM G.Skill RipjawsX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
not only are they nice looking but solid performers running at just stock.. smile.gif

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Wife's Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
CoolingOSPowerCase
stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
OtherOther
Synology DX510 Expansion unit 5 x 1TB WD Cavier Blacks in a RAID 6 
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