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April 8, 2013 7:13:14 AM

My GSkill 4x4GB kit has died and I have an active RMA in process. I am wondering though, never having had an issue with Ram before, if I should just come back to Corsair. They've never caused issues for me.

I do not overclock or even change the voltage settings on my ram, so those abilities to be OC'd are not terribly important to me. That said, I do like to have a high quality high-speed product running out of the box.

The following two kits are not on the Rampage's QVL, but I thought I'd ask here:

4x8GB Vengeance : CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R
4x4GB Dominator : CMD16GX3M4A1866C9

Both are approximately the same cost +/- $15, but I never went to RAM school, so maybe a little primer or hand holding - I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
April 8, 2013 7:21:31 AM

Only thing you need to look out for is the clearance. If you have aftermarket CPU cooler you better make sure that the RAM will fit. I would just wait for RMA.
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April 8, 2013 7:34:29 AM

I presume have have tested your ram with memtest86+.
You should have seen NO errors.
I have had no problems with either G.skil or Corsair ram.
But, on occasion failures do happen.

You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
One place to check is your motherboards web site.
Corsair, G.skil and others have them.
Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.

You are unlikely to get noticeably more real app performance(vs. synthetic benchmarks) out of 1866 ram. Think 2%.
1600 should be fine for most excepting the record seeking overclockers.
Read this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...

To clear any cpu coolers, buy low profile ram. 1.5v. ram does not need any heat spreaders at all; they are mostly marketing excepting for the ram overclocking enthusiast.

If you can use lots of ram, more is better. Be aware that you need windows 7 pro or ultimate to access 32gb.
The first kit has 32gb, the second has 16gb. I find it hard to believe that ther are priced similarly.
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April 8, 2013 7:41:09 AM

I don't think clearance would be an issue here, Rev 1 H100 as the CPU Cooler. But you're probably right, G Skill is going to honor it I just hate that I'll not have a working desktop for 1-2 weeks.

Thank you.




I am about to start the process of retrofitting this case for watercooling so that should be fun, but this RAM kit issue is not encouraging.
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April 8, 2013 7:46:50 AM

If it is worth it to you, buy a $25 4gb kit to last you a couple of weeks.

What a huge, empty case!
What is it?
Cable routing looks good.

Might I ask what you wish to accomplish by different water cooling?
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April 8, 2013 8:10:22 AM

LMAO!With a setup like yours it should be a crime not to overclock!Anyway,as far as ram goes Corsair is NOT any better then G Skill and Vice Versa.Sometimes ram dies or is faulty it happens with any brand there no reason to switch to another company over it especially since G Skill is in the process of making things right just relax and wait it out.Unless your rich only a moron would buy more ram now.
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April 8, 2013 9:15:55 AM

I would put a at least put one 120mm fan and direct it to the back outflow this should help cool down your modules and capacitors. With water block there is little air circulation
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April 8, 2013 3:08:15 PM

geofelt said:
If it is worth it to you, buy a $25 4gb kit to last you a couple of weeks.

What a huge, empty case!
What is it?
Cable routing looks good.

Might I ask what you wish to accomplish by different water cooling?
The plan is absolutely to overclock this stuff, component by component. Starting with the CPU and GPUs. The Corsair H100 was a temporary solution for me while I moved, now that we're in our new house, and me in my office, I am planning on taking advantage of the Caselabs Case. Good call on the temporary ram kit. I am also planning to do a complete system wipe and replace a corsair X128 SSD with a Samsung 500GB (non pro) 840 SSD, primarily for games on that drive, no need for a write-intensive drive like the Pro series.

Thank you all ... yes I'd be pretty dumb not to do some OC'ing with that case and all of its room. Much love for Jim at CaseLabs...
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April 8, 2013 3:11:51 PM

No problem.Your welcome!Keep us updated on your beast nice case btw.
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April 8, 2013 4:56:48 PM

geofelt said:
I presume have have tested your ram with memtest86+.
You should have seen NO errors.
I have had no problems with either G.skil or Corsair ram.
But, on occasion failures do happen.

You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
One place to check is your motherboards web site.
Corsair, G.skil and others have them.
Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.

You are unlikely to get noticeably more real app performance(vs. synthetic benchmarks) out of 1866 ram. Think 2%.
1600 should be fine for most excepting the record seeking overclockers.
Read this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...

To clear any cpu coolers, buy low profile ram. 1.5v. ram does not need any heat spreaders at all; they are mostly marketing excepting for the ram overclocking enthusiast.

If you can use lots of ram, more is better. Be aware that you need windows 7 pro or ultimate to access 32gb.
The first kit has 32gb, the second has 16gb. I find it hard to believe that ther are priced similarly.
I agree Geo, I did run memtest86+ and even the Windows 7 ram tester, both indicated errors with the ram, these logs were provided to G Skill as a part of the RMA request.

At the time when I bought the Rampage 4, the QVL was essentially non-existant. Ram Kit manufacturers were flooding the market with product before the motherboard manufacturers were able to test them. There was a good sale at the time, Q4/2011 when I bought the kits, and I bought them because they were one of the few "true" quad channel kits around at the time. Even some Corsair quad kits as I understand it do not operate as "true" quad channel kits. The distinction is lost on me, but the perceived importance was not.

I'm going to be shipping the ram out tomorrow morning next day air to the folks over at G Skill, hoping they are returned quickly. I've been told that unless I'm making a ram drive, anything more than 16GB is overkill ramwise. My system is entirely comprised of SSDs, so a Ram Drive is more work than it is worth to designate the ram drive itself.

Cheers everyone!

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