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One question, How much does 4X4G of Ram limit your Ram Overclocking compared to 2X4G Ram, From most of the Z77 board reviews I seen the 2 stick have about a 200 Mhz OC advantage on 4 stick in the 2600Mhz+ range.



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If you're not going to use that much RAM, you won't notice a thing.
If you have a plan to use all that RAM, you'll love it, but if not.. it's a waste.

If you do 3D stuff like animations and game creating the 16GB on a 64-bit system will help prevent a lot of crashes due to running out of memory.
If you're gaming.. 16GB will allow you to have tons of stuff in the background, even entire games. If you want to be able to alt tab between running games, then you might be interested in the extra RAM, but just know it doesn't work flawlessly, some games don't go to the background and just keep rendering at 60FPS using your CPU and GPU even minimized.

RAMDisks are also nice to have. Look into them.


There are plenty of uses for large amounts of RAM, but not everyone needs it. I'd recommend sticking with 8 for now.
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post #33 of 41
I got 16gb (2 kits of 2 x 4gb) of Corsair XMS3 for $39.98 total, so I couldn't resist. It also looks nicer to have all of the slots filled. thumb.gif
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My rig currently has 8GB, and the only time I get close to it is when running a heavy Photoshop design or doing a big video rendering job. If I'm doing a simple job (1 channel audio, 1 channel video, no effects), I can use just about any computer in the office.

At 8GB, I can run Dreamweaver, Photoshop, cPanel, and FTP each on it's own monitor and not suffer any setbacks.

That said, my parts supplier has a pretty good deal going on 8GB kits right now, so I might just go ahead and fill the other two slots.
post #35 of 41
If you are just gaming, get better 8GB ram instead of going for cheaper 16GB. You should only go for the 16GB if you are rendering, folding, or heavily multi-tasking. Minecraft is also a good excuse to buy 16GB worth of ram.
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depends on what you use your system for. I still have 6GB ram on my pc and it's still more than enough for gaming which is the only thing I do with my pc
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If you play any of the older games that need to have their iso mounted to play (I don't run off of the dvd... way too slow), you could create a virtual hard drive in your ram and copy the iso over to it before you mount it to play. I've done that with the Elder Scrolls before. I might be imagining it but it seems like the scenes load faster. Other than that it's only ever been useful for me when I'm running virtual machines. For the whole VHD thing I use virtual drive pro. On my last system, a 1366 machine, I had 24GB and that was total overkill for me even when I was running vms. 16GB is useful though.
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Speaking of RAM disks and lots of memory... I ran across the website of a company that has a RAMDisk program called "Primo RAMDisk" or something like that. They also have a beta release of a program called "FancyCache" that uses your extra memory as a disk cache. It functions similarly to the cache installed on enterprise hardware RAID controllers, boosting the performance of the array by caching the most-used data for reads and caching the writes in memory to level out the writes to the drives. I have 32GB of memory in my X79 system, and I've been using this FancyCache program, and I've been pretty impressed with the performance boost it has given me.

Windows uses RAM to do file-level read caching, but FancyCache is a block-level caching algorithm. Block-level caching is also how the RAID controllers' cache functions. Having block-level caching is extremely important for people who are running virtual machines, because block-level caching allows the cache to work for the virtual machines, not just the host system. Since virtual machines save their whole filesystem inside of a single file or a collection of files, file-level caching may not work, since the files are usually over 2GB each (or 20-80GB for a single virtual disk file). File-level caching wouldn't be able to cache the virtual disk files because they are too big, but block-level caching can cache just the most-used sections of those virtual disk files.

Since you can't choose what blocks to cache, you might not see much gaming performance unless you play the same game on the same level all the time. A normal RAMDisk would be the best help for gaming, because you could install the game or the map/texture files to a RAMDisk, and have the RAMDisk program save that disk to an image file on the hard drive. You could then load the image file with the game you want to play on it and start the game completely from memory, assuming you have enough memory to hold the whole game or the games maps/textures.
post #39 of 41
I had a machine with the 2X1 Gbt dominator XMS pro ram. ddr 400 the sticks with the led's along the back. Cutting edge in their day and the fastest ddr 400 I know of.
The thing is that when I wanted to get more life out of that machine the ram was no longer available, and so I couldn't match them up.
I fully match and populate my boards now so that I don't get stuck again.
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i got samsung green ram at 16.99 per 4gb stick

i dont use my 16, but i swear one day it would piss me off that i needed more if i didnt get it, because i only will use matched ram
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