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Hey guys

I am thinking about upgrading/adding ram but im not sure which one to go with.

I currently have 4gb of this ram

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42742&vpn=F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL&manufacture=G.Skill

and thinking about adding another 4gb

However its quite pricy and I am not sure if I should buy another 4gb of this or buy a 8gb pack of something newer like this.

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G.Skill

the latter is 12800 while the one I currently have right now is 10666 and tbh I do not know the difference between them.

Anyone have any help or advice as what I should do?

Thanks
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post #2 of 13

The 8GB kit is faster/better, personally i'd go with that and try to sell your current kit to make back some of the cost.
 

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Actually now I am not sure if my current ram is 1333 or 1600 or even less, I thought my ram only came in 1333 but I was wrong. After search someone said to find out the speed to use cpuz to find out the ram infomation but I do not understand it.



Can someone tell me if my ram is 1600mhz or something completely different.
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post #4 of 13
Fewer DIMMs are better for OCing, so get yourself a nice 2x4GB kit and sell off your 4GB one.
Once you pass 1600Mhz kits the benefits diminish significantly (almost nill after 1866MHz so don't worry about that too much).
Edited by candy_van - 5/22/13 at 8:34pm
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post #5 of 13
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Actually now I am not sure if my current ram is 1333 or 1600 or even less, I thought my ram only came in 1333 but I was wrong. After search someone said to find out the speed to use cpuz to find out the ram infomation but I do not understand it.



Can someone tell me if my ram is 1600mhz or something completely different.


I cant tell if the dram frequency says 624 or 824, but to find out what speed you are running, take that number and multiply by 2(because DDR means double data rate)
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post #6 of 13
your RAM is running at 1648 that is becuase DDR = Double Data rate so the value in CPU-z you double it to get the actual value.
Note: 824 is effective clock or something that it is called is in MHz.
1600 or in your case 1648 is mega transfers / sec (MT/s)

anyway your RAM looks to be 1600 or atleast running at slightly more than that
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post #7 of 13
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Alright I bought a 8gb ram kit which is 1600mhz however when I run cpuz my ram says this




DRAM freq: 667mhz

Command Rate 2T

I added the ram to the current one I have since its the same, so its now 12gb. What I dont understand the other ram said 800mhz before I inserted the new sticks, now after inserting the 8gb it says 667mhz, shouldn't it be 800mhz if I bought 1600mhz ram?
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post #8 of 13
A lot depends on what the default clock/timings are set to on the RAM itself (the SPD). If the SPD of the new RAM has the default value as 1333mhz (667x2), then it will run at that unless you tell it otherwise (via the bios).

P.S. It'd be more useful if you showed us the SPD tab in CPU-Z, for both the "old" RAM and the "new" RAM (you select the DIMMs from a small dropdown menu on the SPD tab page). smile.gif
Edited by Menty - 5/25/13 at 4:00pm
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post #9 of 13
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Here is the SPD of cpuz of the new ram




the old ram

Also apparently when I go into the bios and select run at 1648 for ram it it saves as my ram under cpuz now says 824 but if I do not go into the bios prior to loading windows and run cpuz it says 667.
Edited by sausageson - 5/25/13 at 6:31pm
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post #10 of 13
There should be two SPD options - in the drop down menu, you have "slot one" selected, which is some G-Skill RAM. Pick a different slot from the menu until you get a different brand of RAM then post that too.

As to the bios issues, I'm not sure why it would be doing that. Make sure you're on the latest bios for your motherboard (whatever it is) - sometimes they add memory compatibility tweaks or fix little bugs like not remembering memory timings correctly.
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