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Final decision help: Geil Black Dragon 1333 vs. G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600. Also; 16gb 2-DIMM Crucial Smart Tracers--do they exist yet?

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I'm building a new computer for photoshop (intro thread here) but I need some tips on how much difference I'll really see from one choice of ram to the next. The black-board Geil ram looks amazing especially with red LED's, but it's 1333mHz vs the similarly priced (on sale) Ripjaws that do look nice.
I'm fairly set on the Geil ram, but wanted to know (after researching) what you think, real world, the differences will be.

I will be using half or a large portion of the ram as a ramdisk, so that aspect is important, too. Anyway, here are my main two choices, I have to pick in the next 24 hours because newegg's sale ends on the 32gb Ripjaws set.

GeIL Black Dragon 16GB (2 x 8GB) SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10660) GB316GB1333C9DC = $79.99 x2=$160+tax

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-1600C9Q-32GXM = $170+tax


I ALSO would LOVE to know if anyone has any idea when to expect Crucial's Ballistix Smart Tactical Tracer 16gb kit to hit the market, currently I only see it in semi-sketch online sellers (antarespro.com) or on Crucial's site for a premium MSRP-like $200 price. Researching says it was 'available' only about two months ago...so I don't have a clue what is next.
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Real world? No difference.
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It seems like newegg only has the 2x4 tracer kit.

I would personally get whichever kit comes with the least amount of physical dimms, easy to troubleshoot if anything ever happens to them
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Real world? No difference.

Thank you! thumb.gif I didn't think there was based on reviews quoting nano-seconds in their benchmarks. Unless I'm edition HD video or compiling something huge I wouldn't expect nanosecond differences to add up in small <10-20 minute operations. I don't even do anything that intensive...


Is Geil a respected brand? I suppose that's all subjective but I thought I'd ask. I've read G.Skill sucks some places and it is reliable others so I'm kinda just thinking I should buy it and just see what happens, since everyone has an opinion.
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It seems like newegg only has the 2x4 tracer kit.
I would personally get whichever kit comes with the least amount of physical dimms, easy to troubleshoot if anything ever happens to them

Yeah I only found a few vendors with them, newegg was definitely not one of them. I did find this on antarespro.com but it doesn't have an on-hand number (most sku's do on there) nor is the price reasonable nor does the vendor sound great.
I can't even find the 1600mHz Geil black dragon set which is why I was wondering about real-world results. I almost passed them up.

I don't care a whole lot on least amount of dimms because I'm going for 32gb and that will already be the least amount of dimms and the max capacity. thanks all the same, though.
Edited by Figit090 - 8/12/12 at 1:56am
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Geil is definitely a good brand, just like buying corsair, crucial etc.

I wouldn't say g skill sucks, I know when sandy bridge came out everyone bought those ripjaw kits for 2x4gbs like they went out of style.

The balistic tracer ram looks cool without the leds, but if you have any onboard activity leds on you're motherboard and a side window you probably know how bright those tiny suckers are.. i can't imagine looking at them from that ram lol not to mention the bad color combinations
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Geil is definitely a good brand, just like buying corsair, crucial etc.
I wouldn't say g skill sucks, I know when sandy bridge came out everyone bought those ripjaw kits for 2x4gbs like they went out of style.
The balistic tracer ram looks cool without the leds, but if you have any onboard activity leds on you're motherboard and a side window you probably know how bright those tiny suckers are.. i can't imagine looking at them from that ram lol not to mention the bad color combinations

GOOD POINT. The blue and orange is pretty nice (you can completely turn off orange, BTW, they are programmable) but I didn't really give much thought to how bright they'd be, I haven't much experience with computer LED's, I have no motherboard yet. I have seen the motherboard status light inside my family's Gateway and that little tiny thing is pretty bright, and my buddy's HAF case fans are bright too, so I probably don't want super bright blinking going on especially during edits. My case windows faces me and my monitors, too.. I'll stick to the Geil sticks and probably get a green LED Zalman cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054

I'll have blue in the case fans, green in the CPU fan, and red on the Ram, this will complete my RGB color scheme (whole build is centered around colors, being a photography rig, lol). yay:D


Thanks for your advice I feel much more comfortable when I hear that the ram is a good brand. Geil makes some funny looking stuff but I think they made a winner with the black dragon look, plus I was born in the year of the dragon and that just makes it feel even better. wink.gif silly, maybe. I don't really care though.rolleyes.gif
Edited by Figit090 - 8/12/12 at 3:05am
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I personally use G.Skill in all my computers (4 - 52Gb) but Geil is a fine brand. As long as you have the voltage/timing/speeds you want and the memory is lifetime warranty with reputable support I would go for it. I guess I'm a bit of a G.Skill fanboy but there is nothing wrong with Geil at all.
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sweet I'm so happy I can get these, they're super cheap compared to what I thought i was going to have to pay!

Just put in the order for 32gb worth and a NZXT PSU.


Now all that's left is my motherboard and CPU cooler! Might skip the keys and mouse until I get paid again...or is that a bad idea for a new rig, using old peripherals (could take away from new feel)?
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sweet I'm so happy I can get these, they're super cheap compared to what I thought i was going to have to pay!

Just put in the order for 32gb worth and a NZXT PSU.


Now all that's left is my motherboard and CPU cooler! Might skip the keys and mouse until I get paid again...or is that a bad idea for a new rig, using old peripherals (could take away from new feel)?

Na not at all. Gives you time to save up your cash so you can get something you really like.
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