Originally Posted by venomousdesigns
Thank you for the prompt response tknight! Some important points I missed out sorry haha...
Literally a complete novice to this 'new era' of Overclocking (coming from a 2600k) - I'd like to be able to get to 5GHz on the 8700k and I use it as an everyday PC; Gaming, Work (just normal Word/Excel not rendering etc) and general browsing (and I may take up Streaming now with my new PC!). Nothing extreme, I do normally put my PC to 'sleep' once I finish for the evening - unless there's a new PC game release
Oh crap I didn't release that about the RGB PCBs, is it that a big a difference for my non-extreme OC'ing - I'll probably like to just have them running at 3200MHz @ CL14, from benchmarks the next 'big' jump is 4266 which I'm not too keen on trying haha. I cannot for the life of me find out if these are 'single-sided' or 'double-sided' or where you saying all 16GB Modules are double-sided?
Basically for my light OC needs, are the 8GB Modules going to be easier to Overclock vs the 16GB Modules - I honestly don't even think I need 32GB ATM but I'm concerned with future proofing and then figured I'd ask about if I'm not doing Quad Channel (which Coffee Lake doesn't, and not sure about Ice Lake?) if its better to spend the extra now or later...
For everday 24/7 use, then the RGB modules are fine, as you can overclock them to higher frequencies and moderately tighter timings. It is only when benching at C12 with tight timings, that 99% of the RGB modules just fail to train up.
For what you will be doing, I would suggest getting either the RGB or NON-RGB version of the Trident Z - 3600mhz C16-16-16-36 16GB (2x8GB) kit or 32GB (4x8GB) kit, which are the following part numbers :
3600mhz C16 16GB RGB Kit - F4-3600C16D-16GTZR
3600mhz C16 32GB RGB Kit - F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR
3600mhz C16 16GB Kit - F4-3600C16D-16GTZ
3600mhz C16 32GB Kit - F4-3600C16Q-32GTZSW
They are all Single Sided B-Die modules, which will overclock a lot easier than the double sided ones.
The 3600mhz kits are the best ones for overclocking to higher frequencies, as they just bin a lot better than all the other different frequency modules.
The RGB issue of the corruption of the SPD, occurs when you change the colours using the software, because it writes the changes to the SPD section of the module. This then causes a CRC Error, which you can verify using Thaiphoon Burner, which is also the best software for when you are wanting to identify all aspects of your modules.
However this does not affect the operation of the module and can only be seen when doing a CRC check of the module in Thaiphoon. There are ways to fix the CRC Error. So if you are wanting RGB modules for the look, then don't panic and by all means get them and if you leave them running the default rainbow colour mode and never install or run the RGB software, then you will never get the CRC error.
Here is a link to a list of all the different memory IC's and which kit has what IC and whether it is single or double sided. So you can just search for your kits part number and find out exactly what it contains.
Link - Samsung and Hynix IC List