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Been lingering some time now to swap my 16GB of Samsung 30nm (4x2) for a 32GB kit...Havent been seeing more than 12-14GB of usage often (when playing with my 3D modelling apps ofc, we are not talking gaming), but I wanted "moar" regardless as "it was getting close".

Having sticks that could do 2133 with good timings or 2333 (3820) or 2400 speeds (holding the 3930 around 4.7 or less), I don't think I've seen any real advantage from the uber speeds...yes, it was faster than DDR3 1600 (default timings/speeds) but not impressive outside barren benchmark results.

Still, I am parting with 24GB of Samsung Green in good price off @ bay, so I could spare some $320~360 adding some cash on top.
That brings 2400 kits within reach.

What would you suggest me getting?
I am trying to stick with a black / blue or white heat-spreaders to suite my current rig color scheme.
I don't think I will be getting back to air-cooling anytime soon, but having experienced the benefits from low profile sticks while I was running my 3820 under a Thermalright SilverArrow that hates un-needed, tall heatspreaders, I kinda learned to think low of them myself.

Candidates so far are kits like the :

* G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 - CAS 11 @ 1.65V
* G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 - CAS 10 @ 1.65V
* Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB DDR3 2400 - CAS 11 @ 1.65V

And ofc other sub $350 kits of lower speeds & sliiiiightly better timings. I know I won't get benefits past 2133, but "why not" if the price difference is 3-5%?
Corsair RAM pricing is kinda wacko atm.

Your thoughts / suggestions?
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post #2 of 8
I'm no expert on RAM but I'm running Corsair quad channel kits in my system.
When rendering video or 3D modeling the speed isn't as important as sheer volume.
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I used to be all about Corsair memory, but nowadays I've had nothing but problems with them. Quite frankly, they're overpriced and binned so tightly that even a small overclock is something to be gratefulffor, not to mention their use of less than great IC's...

GSkill on the other hand, has been the absolute leader in terms of memory as far as I am concerned, especially with the Ripjaws Z and Trident X kits.
I am running a kit of Z 2133 9-11-10-28 w my 3930K/RIVE and they easily clock to beyond 2560 10-11-10-25 1T. I also have a few kits of Trident X 2400 9-11-11 and every single one will do at least 2666 10-11-12-29 1T on my Z77 rig.
For the money, I have yet to see anything better. Either one of the two lines will be excellent for you, but I ALWAYS recommend getting the lowest timings kit at any given speed, as they are equipped with superior IC's and/or are double sided instead of single.
   
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Why not Kingston?

I mean i have built more then 100 PC´s something like 75-80% of those had Kingston RAM in them

Do you know how many had dead RAM sticks or RAM problems all those PC´s had/has zero zip nada not one dead stick ever

I dont know about you guys but i think thats says something
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post #5 of 8
Im using your 2nd option with a i7 3930k @4.9GHz on an ASUS rampage extreme iv and everything runs nice and stable.
post #6 of 8

1)pick 5 decently priced kits

2)pick the fastest set and or "best" timings

3)is this the best price/perf ratio of the ones i've picked out? yes?

4)pull the trigger

 

honestly, when you're in the 32gb range, price>volume>speeds/timings

post #7 of 8
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True, 8GB sticks are kinda harder to be picky with than 4GB sticks...
I am leaning towards Ripjaws Z, but I doubt the timings nleksan mentions will be achievable with 8GB sticks...rolleyes.gif

I have nothing against kingston or muskin...it is mostly a price thing going G.Skill atm.

Thanks all for your input
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post #8 of 8
The G.Skill RipJaws Z kit is definitely the most impressive kit out of all those kits. Especially downclocked to DDR3-2133, you can attain very good low timings.

Have fun and good luck

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