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Hey everyone,

I'm in the market for 3x4GB for my sig rig (X58). I'd like the best money can buy (within reasonable limits, shouldn't really be over $150) that won't have compatibility issues with my motherboard. I see a lot of 4x4GB kits out there that look awesome (and I wouldn't mind leaving one stick out to keep my triple channel) but since they aren't tested on older motherboards, I don't want to spend the time troubleshooting why they don't work as expected. I know there are a few brave souls out there that are still pushing their beloved X58 to the max and have probably tried out different memory sticks. Right now I'm running my RAM at nearly 2000MHz, I'd like to be able to AT LEAST get close to that, preferably exceed that.

I was looking at these but read that they suck at overclocking:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231466
They look overclockable on paper in my opinion.

Thanks!
Edited by Emmanuel - 2/19/13 at 1:46pm
    
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Hi there!

Well there are not so many kits for triple channel anymore, and these where the ones I found at newegg that looked ok: LINK

As far as X58 go, I know some who can get up to 2400mhz, but most people get around 2000-2200mhz.
When I had my X58 rig before, I rather just used as low timings as possible for the speed (Was using 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 dominators).
So if you find 2000mhz CL8 it should be roughly equal to a 2400mhz CL10 if I don't remember wrong.

So my tip is just to find a kit, triple or dual channel that has the speed and latency you want, and look at reviews on them to see if they are good at overclocking or not smile.gif

There are some good 2400mhz kits out there for a reasonable price, so find one with lowest possible latency, and then adjust the speed down, and latency down if it doesn't work at 2400mhz! Then you will have roughly the same speed smile.gif

Good luck!
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Thanks for the reply, that's pretty much how I would go about buying RAM except that maybe someone here has had particularly good success with one kind over another. Not sure what my 980X IMC is capable of either. Can't get my current RAM running any faster.
    
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I can recommend the GSkill Ripjaws Z 2133 9-11-10-28 kits. I run a 4x4 kit in my RIVE, and they are extremely flexible. I have been able to get 2000 8-9-9-26 out of them, and it's possible that the timings could go tighter but I haven't tried more than 1.66v at that speed. I run them at 2200 9-10-9-27 most of the time.
The Trident X 2400 9-11-11 kits are equally good, but more expensive.
   
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^ agree, just get one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006650%2040000147%20600006073%20600006142%20600006157&IsNodeId=1&Description=gskill%2016gb&name=9&Order=BESTMATCH

The Trident X is currently sold out, but it would be pretty sweet if you are looking for MAX frequency/performance thumb.gif

Cheers!
post #6 of 7
I don't think 2133 memory is actually useful on X58 (don't really know what BCLK freq. you need in order to run them at rated frequency... will make no difference whatsoever).

So, first question would at which frequency would you need to run the memory in order to get your targat BCLK speed?
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OP has a gulftown, which can handle 2133mhz memory without too much difficulty. It only requires the uncore to be 1.5x the memory speed.
Bloomfield (i7 920 - 950) needs the uncore to be 2x the memory frequency which makes 2000Mhz + memory difficult.

I saw a 3 x 2Gb kit of 2200Mhz 8-8-8 super talent hyper in the marketplace not too long ago, would do well with that rig for a decent price.
    
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