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Would this memory work well with this? They have the same specs and timings; also, how should I arrange them if they are compatible?

Currently have this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Want to get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
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There is no means to know if mixing of any RAM will work without issues short of actually trying it. In theory all DDR3 RAM should work together without issues but history has shown this is not the case.

If you actually have a need for more than 8 GB. of RAM then you can try mixing. If not, I'd buy whatever 2x 4 GB. RAM kit makes you happy and get on with life. Unless you are using some software that can actually benefit from more than 8 GB. of RAM then you're not likely to see any performance improvement with 12 GB. vs. 8 GB. of RAM.
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With the same speeds, timings and voltage... the answer is yes/extremely likely to run at the same spec.
In the vast majority of conflicts I have seen involving adding a second of the same or a similar kit, the cause is a mis-set timing (ie tRFC) or too low CPU voltage. There is no such thing as "simply incompatible" if the memory has the exact same spec even if the different branding, unless the platform itself has a problem running more DIMMs in which case the problem is not the memory.
Don't waste your cash.
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/14/12 at 10:39am
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^^^ "He's not wasting his cash" as he plans to buy an additional 8 GB. of RAM. He wants to know if one or the other RAM kits is MORE likely to work better, as they both have the same specs.

The correct answer is: You can't tell how the two RAM kits will interact with his existing RAM - without actually testing them. YOU can speculate and pontificate, but actual testing is the only means to know for sure what works and what does not.

In reality buying the 2x 4 GB. kit covers his butt. If the additional 8 GB. mixes without issues he has 12 GB. of usable RAM. If the new 2x 4GB. kit doesn't play nice with his existing RAM, he can pull the old RAM and just run the 8 GB. which is typically more than enough RAM for a typical user unless they have software that can effectively use more than 8 GB. of RAM. So it's a win-win situation, vs. opting to buy another 2x 2GB. kit which may or may not work and if it doesn't then he's out more than half the cost of the 2x 4 GB. RAM kit, i.e. $30 for a 2x 2 GB. kit vs. $45 for a 2x 4GB. kit.

As always I recommend that enthusiasts technically educate themselves on the various RAM options and compatibility issues and then Buy What Makes YOU Happy.
Edited by AMD4ME - 6/14/12 at 2:33pm
post #5 of 6

I thought those were 2x2GB kits in the links (was on an Android phone and couldn't get to the links properly, sorry about that).


In fairness I agree that more than 8GB of RAM isn't necessary with most end-users.

 

Adding a second 2x2GB kit with completely matched specs still saves $10-15, removes a resale hassle, and is no more or less good a solution (and no more risky) than getting a whole new 2x4GB kit.  Don't argue with me about that; argue with the big-shot computer stores including Newegg (supercombos), TigerDirect (in barebones builds) and NCIX (in one of several warranty-protected fully fledged custom PC configs) who aren't going to disallow the user that choice of mixing two kits of same speed and timings together even if the brand and size might vary or even if the two or more DIMMs are packaged separately.  Evidently, there's something wrong with what the RAM companies are saying if the companies that are bringing computers to the end user aren't listening and taking the "risk" (that is, assuming a risk exists) anyway.

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^^^ I'm sure the OP will be able to determine what works best for them.

No one with a clue really cares what the clods at the Big Box Companies say or do. wink.gif
Edited by AMD4ME - 6/14/12 at 7:08pm
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