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So... I am FINALLY putting together my new build that has an i7-3770K Ivy Bridge and an ASRock Z77 Extreme6... I am in need of some advice for 16gb or RAM. I checked the ASRock MB RAM support list and it doesn't give great options but I've read where people use G.Skill or Corsair and it runs fine... I am thinking these for those 2 brands:

G.Skill: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM - Newegg.com
Corsair: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 - Newegg.com

I'm going to be doing some mild overclocking but with the RAM I don't think going higher than 1600 is really needed... I could see maybe going with 1866 speeds but it doesn't seem that necessary. If you have some suggestions for 16gb of 1866 I'd be ok with listening. Thanks in advance for any help.
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 $119.99
+ 10% off w/ promo code EMCXSXS43, ends 4/10

Intel XMP 1.3 (Extreme Memory Profile) Support

that will work also.
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Originally Posted by Guttzu View Post

So... I am FINALLY putting together my new build that has an i7-3770K Ivy Bridge and an ASRock Z77 Extreme6... I am in need of some advice for 16gb or RAM. I checked the ASRock MB RAM support list and it doesn't give great options but I've read where people use G.Skill or Corsair and it runs fine... I am thinking these for those 2 brands:

G.Skill: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM - Newegg.com
Corsair: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 - Newegg.com

I'm going to be doing some mild overclocking but with the RAM I don't think going higher than 1600 is really needed... I could see maybe going with 1866 speeds but it doesn't seem that necessary. If you have some suggestions for 16gb of 1866 I'd be ok with listening. Thanks in advance for any help.

I would suggest you get the G.Skill Ripjaws (16GXM,blue kit),i personally own them and i must say these chips overclock like beasts!They are really fast

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i7-3770k@5.0Ghz
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Corsair TX 850W v2 power supply
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Originally Posted by viwe649 
I would suggest you get the G.Skill Ripjaws (16GXM,blue kit),i personally own them and i must say these chips overclock like beasts!They are really fast

If you don't mind sharing, could you post the first 8 digits of the seral number off one of the module labels? The first 4 will be the manufacturing year/week, and the next 4 will identify the manufacturer of ICs under the spreaders.

Also, what kind of overclocking results were you able to achieve from these modules?

Edit: Just saw your sig showing ram at DDR3-2200...what timings and voltage?
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If you don't mind sharing, could you post the first 8 digits of the seral number off one of the module labels? The first 4 will be the manufacturing year/week, and the next 4 will identify the manufacturer of ICs under the spreaders.

Also, what kind of overclocking results were you able to achieve from these modules?

Edit: Just saw your sig showing ram at DDR3-2200...what timings and voltage?

The serial number is F3-1600C9D-16GXM.the chips are cas 9. I used default timings,just enabled XMP profile to 2200mhz,then increased voltage to 1.6v and the memory chips are stable.thumb.gif
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The serial number is F3-1600C9D-16GXM.the chips are cas 9. I used default timings,just enabled XMP profile to 2200mhz,then increased voltage to 1.6v and the memory chips are stable.thumb.gif

Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately what you provided is the model number...already available from the OP's link.

It is the first part of the Serial Number that I'm interested in. It will start something like 1140 (year 2011 / week 40) or 1210 (year 2012 / week 10) and the next 4 digits will be something like 0240 or 0340 or similar, if manufactured prior to April 2012, otherwise the numbering will be slightly different, with the equivalent of the 0240 and 0340 being 1400 and 1500, respectively . This first 8 numbers are not specific to your module, but specific to a batch of ram manufactured at the same time with the same chips. The last part (7 digits) of the serial number (which I'm not asking for) is what identifies your particular modules and is unique for each module.

You can see this info explained in the OP of this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1268061/ocn-ram-addict-club-gallery/0_40

and further detailed here:

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?283666-Figuring-out-G.Skill-s-SNs

As for the timings, what are the others beside CAS (for example: 9-11-9-28 1T).
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OP, you might want to take a look at this analysis before making your final decision as to what ram speed to get.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/ivy-bridge-ddr3.html

If you are going to go with 2x8GB modules, looking for something with Hynix MFR PBC ICs is probably the way to go (which is why I was asking viwe649 specific questions about his kit). Micron based 2x8GB are also a solid choice for the clock range you're looking to run.

Also, 4x4GB kits with Hynix CFR or Samsung HCH9 or HYK0 based modules would also work quite well. GSkill and Corsair both have products using those memory chips.

When buying ram always identify the ICs that will best provide the attributes that you are looking for (clock speed / timings / voltage), then find specific parts that have those ICs, don't start at the other end (a ram kit) and hope that you get good ICs.
Edited by Reefa_Madness - 4/8/13 at 6:29am
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Thank you all for the great input! I was wondering what you all would suggest for 16gb of 1866 ram or maybe even something faster? I'll be buying this online so I'm not sure Reefa_Madness how to compare the ICs...

for 1866 memory maybe something like these: (discount is nice since I plan to buy these tomorrow)

G.Skill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231627
Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-281&Tpk=N82E16820233281
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Would this be the best option for 1866?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231623
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