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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 09:38 PM - Thread Starter
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I will be gaming on this machine tongue.gif I was just wondering if it matters if I get:

2 x 4gb ram set at 1066Mhz

compared to

1 x 4gb ram set at 1600Mhz

is there any difference at all?

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there will be a difference, how much it matters at lower freqs say 1066 - 1600 im not sure but i would get 2 x 4GB 1600MHz G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 CL8 as its getting to the stage that 8GB is better than 4GB. plus the price of DDR3 ram why not thumb.gif


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I think considering the price, get a 2x4Gb DDR3 1600 set. They have been around $30 a kit for a few weeks now. This Low Voltage kit of 1600 is approx $37 with a 20% off coupon (regularly $46.99 a set):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

And yes, Mhz matters to a point. But you can often times make up for it with tighter CAS timings. So to answer your specific question, go with the 1600 kit over the 1066. I'll point out though that I am not sure how your board runs OCed DDR3 ram. I havent used DDR3 ram on P45 chipsets over 1333.

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Yo man I was just looking at those and contemplating if I should buy those or Corsair XMS. Too many options

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I think considering the price, get a 2x4Gb DDR3 1600 set. They have been around $30 a kit for a few weeks now. This Low Voltage kit of 1600 is approx $37 with a 20% off coupon (regularly $46.99 a set):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
And yes, Mhz matters to a point. But you can often times make up for it with tighter CAS timings. So to answer your specific question, go with the 1600 kit over the 1066. I'll point out though that I am not sure how your board runs OCed DDR3 ram. I havent used DDR3 ram on P45 chipsets over 1333.

I'm gonna use the AsRock Extreme3 Z68 board tongue.gif I am just going to buy everything at once.

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Yo man I was just looking at those and contemplating if I should buy those or Corsair XMS. Too many options

either would be pretty much the same in real world performance smile.gif


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either would be pretty much the same in real world performance smile.gif

I would assume so, I haven't heard any complaints about having either xD

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I would just go with the 1600, though honestly I'm not sure how much of a difference you would notice between that and the 1066. Like ericeod said, just go ahead and get at least 8gb of RAM if you're going to be in the market anyways, there are some really good deals out right now. There's no real reason not to get 8gb. Heck, I even picked up an 8gb kingston kit from Microcenter today for $37. biggrin.gif



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i vote for YES..get the highest frequency your mobo/cpu supports /you can afford / tightest timings
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Can I ask you guys actually. What brand would you buy off newegg for the 8Gb kit? I need a lil bit of guidance.

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