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post #1 of 6
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I've narrowed my selection down to two kits.

Mushkin Redline - 16gb (4x4gb) 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226200

or these.

G.Skill Trident - 16gb (4x4gb) 2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231622

I'm leaning towards the Mushkin kit because of the tighter timings and better aesthetics. What kit should I get?
post #2 of 6
Ello,

Personally, I buy Corsair memory, as they are reliable, fasr RMA's, and have never had them fail on me.

Of your two choices the Trident from G.Skill is my choice; as it runs at 2400MHz versus the Redline's 2133MHz.

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Mushkin, G.Skill, Corsair, etc. are all great companies. I'm pretty sure if you're linking those Mushkins, you're planning on buying two kits if you go with them.

Anyways, one thing you have to realize is the higher voltage these run at (1.65v). I don't think Ivy Bridge or Haswell (or most of AMD's chipsets) have problems with the memory controller running at higher voltages so you should be fine. The higher voltage really doesn't mean much, although it does make the memory stable at those speeds and timings.

The reason the Mushkin Redlines have tighter timings is because of the fact that they're rated to run at 2133MHz versus 2400MHz (on the G.Skills). Sure, the G.Skills could probably also run at those timings but there's a chance that they won't be stable.

I also don't see a point in running RAM at speeds that high since in real world use, you won't notice a difference and 1600-1866MHz is the sweetspot right now I believe, unless you can get some ridiculous timings on the higher speed kits at a voltage that won't fry your RAM or cause your system to be unstable.
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post

Mushkin, G.Skill, Corsair, etc. are all great companies. I'm pretty sure if you're linking those Mushkins, you're planning on buying two kits if you go with them.

Anyways, one thing you have to realize is the higher voltage these run at (1.65v). I don't think Ivy Bridge or Haswell (or most of AMD's chipsets) have problems with the memory controller running at higher voltages so you should be fine. The higher voltage really doesn't mean much, although it does make the memory stable at those speeds and timings.

The reason the Mushkin Redlines have tighter timings is because of the fact that they're rated to run at 2133MHz versus 2400MHz (on the G.Skills). Sure, the G.Skills could probably also run at those timings but there's a chance that they won't be stable.

I also don't see a point in running RAM at speeds that high since in real world use, you won't notice a difference and 1600-1866MHz is the sweetspot right now I believe, unless you can get some ridiculous timings on the higher speed kits at a voltage that won't fry your RAM or cause your system to be unstable.
On timings would you notice the difference?
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The two kits you linked are actually two of the absolute best performing kits I've tested so far, in my quest to determine exactlyhhow game frame rates and times are affected by various speeds/timings (over 1500 tests to run for just basic results!).

The Trident X 2400 9-11-11 is currently the best performing kit for Ivy Bridge in all my tests, and the Mushkin kits are almost identical to GSkill. The Redline 2133, Ripjaws 2133 (both 9-11-10), and the Trident X 2400 9-11-11 are the top three kits you can buy for real world use, that I've tested, and (have 2 of the Mushkin, 3 of the Ripjaws, and 4 of the Trident X) every single kit overclocks more than 266Mhz higher without having to increase all three timings and the ones that need bumped it's only by one.
Not one single Corsair kit, which I've got on loan from friends including XMS, Vengeance, and DomPlat (19 total), would I recommend to anyone. They have universally shown the worst cost to performance, in some cases by over 700 percent less of a value, and every one of them can barely reach one speed higher, if they can OC at all. The bargain memory kits I've tested, every... Single... One... Has overclockedand cconsequently performed better than their Corsair counterparts.
To top it off, TWO different sticks of Vengeance 1866 from two different kits from two different years, have different IC's on their PCB. I mean, one had 8 Hynix and 8 Nanya, the other had 7 Micron and 9 Elpida! What? 1??
   
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I forgot to mention this will be on a Haswell system, hopefully that doesn't change things.

If everything checks out the same on Haswell - I'll just flip a coin to select which kit to buy (because I can't tell which ones I actually like more considering their looks).
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