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post #1 of 8
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Hi y'all.

I'm looking to "pump up the RAM" in my sig rig. The 8GB I've got just isn't cutting it for me, so I want to upgrade. I've got other uses for the stuff I've got now, so a straight replace will be wonderful. I've gone with G.Skill for a while and haven't been disappointed. I've been looking at Corsair's, but they have a bit of a premium to them. Regardless, here are the RAM specs for my motherboard:

- Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

I'm looking to totally saturate this board and go with 32GB. I use a lot of RAM (I frequently get low-RAM warnings now) and would like to also have some RAM kicking around to play around with RAM disks in the future. I may settle with 16GB pending a few external factors, but that's not the point of this thread.

What I want to know is: what's the difference between all of G.Skill's models? i.e. Trident X, Ripjaws X, Ripjaws Z? For the same speed, that is.

Right now I was looking at these Ripjaws X's or these TridentX's, depending on where I can find the best deal.

One more question: the latter set -- the TridentX -- has the same price for 2133 or 2400, so naturally I'd go with the higher clock. Can I use 2400MHz RAM on my board? I know I'd have to manually set 2133, but is it possible to go beyond that and clock these in at 2400?



Thanks for the help and advice in advance! Hope the Easter Bunny finds you all well.
post #2 of 8
I think you can runn up to 2666 with 3x70 chips but I could be mistaken...
check out the g.skill trident x c10 2600 mhz if that works out for you you wont be disappointed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231592
Edited by tatmMRKIV - 4/20/14 at 12:27pm
post #3 of 8
The only difference between RipjawsX, RipjawsZ, Sniper, Tridents and TridentX models which have exactly the same specs are the heatspreaders and associated marketing.
Same goes for G.Skill 8GB modules rated 1600 7-8-8, 1866 8-9-9, 2133 9-11-11 and 2400 10-12-12. All of those are based on the same Samsung 4Gbit B-rev chips, will easily do each others' specs and overclock roughly the same.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by tatmMRKIV View Post

I think you can runn up to 2666 with 3x70 chips but I could be mistaken...
check out the g.skill trident x c10 2600 mhz if that works out for you you wont be disappointed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231592

I'm looking for 2x8GB modules. And I'm not sure what you mean with the 3x70 chips and such. Not looking to OC the RAM right now. If I have to pay $30-40 more for that's about 500MHz faster, I'm cool with that, as opposed to trying to OC it myself.
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Originally Posted by Sam OCX View Post

The only difference between RipjawsX, RipjawsZ, Sniper, Tridents and TridentX models which have exactly the same specs are the heatspreaders and associated marketing.
Same goes for G.Skill 8GB modules rated 1600 7-8-8, 1866 8-9-9, 2133 9-11-11 and 2400 10-12-12. All of those are based on the same Samsung 4Gbit B-rev chips, will easily do each others' specs and overclock roughly the same.

Well, that's a pretty incredible answer. Thanks for the info! I've also heard that the heatspreaders do approximately jack. Confirm or deny, anyone?
post #5 of 8
3570 or 3770 is what 3x70 means

it'll more than do whatever you need so I was just gonna suggest it as they are the best sticks I know of...

anything with Hynix BFR CFR MFR
samsung 4gbits chips
are great

crucial has some good 8gbs but you probably won't care for their aesthetics
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by tatmMRKIV View Post

3570 or 3770 is what 3x70 means

it'll more than do whatever you need so I was just gonna suggest it as they are the best sticks I know of...

anything with Hynix BFR CFR MFR
samsung 4gbits chips
are great

crucial has some good 8gbs but you probably won't care for their aesthetics

Ah, I see what you did there! So my motherboard/3570K should be able to surpass the 2133MHz that it says it's only capable of?
post #7 of 8
it varies from chip to chip but from what I recall people were doing 2666 kinda standard, more towards 2800, and at the time corsair even had announced 3000Mhz dominator platinum sticks(not sure if they ever got sold but I saw a few articles)

I know 3770ks can do it.

but almost without as doubt you can run higher speeds.

best way to check is to go into your bios and see what options are there

NowI said OC capabilities vary from chip to chip but I don't think 2400 should be any issue for you


I never used that series of intel though so you should definitely ask around
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by tatmMRKIV View Post

it varies from chip to chip but from what I recall people were doing 2666 kinda standard, more towards 2800, and at the time corsair even had announced 3000Mhz dominator platinum sticks(not sure if they ever got sold but I saw a few articles)

I know 3770ks can do it.

but almost without as doubt you can run higher speeds.

best way to check is to go into your bios and see what options are there

NowI said OC capabilities vary from chip to chip but I don't think 2400 should be any issue for you


I never used that series of intel though so you should definitely ask around

Not too worried about OC'ing. Just want to know whether or not I'd be able to use a set of 2400MHz RAM at their stock speeds on my motherboard which only claims to support 2133MHz.
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