G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series for ASUS P8z&& V Pro Thunderbolt

I am a photographer building a photo and video editing rig. I don't know anything about memory. I've tried but have no interest in understanding latency, voltage etc. i just want RAM that works!

Since memory is cheap I want to drop 32 GB of RAM on to a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT with a i7 3770

I just don't know what RAM to choose from.

Initially, I will NOT overclock the system as it is a workstation and I value stability/reliability over all else.

I am clueless as to what RAM I can use. I've looked at the mobo's Qualified Vendor List http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/P8Z77-V_PRO/P8Z77-V-PRO-memory-QVL.pdf and intuitively it seems rather small compared to myriad of RAM modules I see listed on newegg.

I have no idea if I need quad channel RAM or if 2 Dual channel sets will do.

Can anyone recommend 4x8 GB sticks of RAM that will perform well on a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT. The i7 3770 will NOT be overclocked.

I have price range of around $250

Thanks!
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  1. while choosing ram to purchase you gotta decide these things:
    1. memory size - as you mentioned 16 / 32gb will do just fine.
    2. frequency - 1333/1600 MHz is todays standard operating frequencies. go for 1600 if you afford.
    3. voltage - 1.5V is a must (above 1.5V memories are like already overclocked, can also decrease the lifespan of your cpu/motherboard if you are not inteded to do any overclocking)
    4. latency - for 1333/1600 MHz memories CL8-CL9-CL10 latencies are typical. CL9 (which is 9-9-9-24-T2 is a kind of standard these days)
    5. physical size - 240DIMM (standard also)
    6. cooler - even if you are not thinking to overclock it, good heat dissipation earns your system extra life, since under load your (thinking aboud hi-def video/photo editing will run your memories hot enough) memories will get quickly hot

    good luck

    edit: some examples i found on newegg...
    Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233297&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    GSkill
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231487&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  2. Thank you n1ghtr4v3n. i appreciate the time you took to answer my question.

    Are you familiar with pcpartpicker.com ?
    Is it reliable for compatibly?
    I have set up a build based on my mobo and CPU. I have turned the compatibility filter on Based on your advice I ranked them for price/GB and it has come up with this:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=301333,301600,301866&t=11&z=32768&qq=1&sort=a6


    Both of your suggestions come up neat the top! Thanks!!
    Are you familiar with the site? Is the comparability filter reliable?
  3. Actually i live in Canada and i set the pcppartpicker country filter to Canada.

    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=301333,301600,301866&t=11&z=32768&qq=1&sort=a6

    It shows a few 1866 sticks are near the top (probably on sale). Is there any performance advantage to buying 1866 sticks, providing I can get them at/near the same price of 1600 sticks? Or does that result in minimal gains but at the expense of decreased system stability (remember I am not oc'ing)?

    thanks again.
  4. Here are some very good kits that are compatible with your motherboard and CPU:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%204018%20600083963&IsNodeId=1&Description=gskill%2032gb&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20

    Since you plan to use the system for video and photo editing, high frequency RAM can be beneficial. Once you overclock the CPU Frequency, overall throughput will be greatly enhanced.

    F3-1866C9Q-32GXM
    F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

    For the model numbers above, they are above standard, so you will need to enable the XMP Profile in BIOS/EFI. If you would like standard plug and play RAM, here are the kits to choose from:

    F3-1333C9Q-32GAO
    F3-10666CL9Q-32GBXL

    Based on your other hardware selections and build purpose, I would suggest the first kit DDR3-1866 CL9.

    Thank you
    GSKILL SUPPORT
  5. gskill support said:
    For the model numbers above, they are above standard, so you will need to enable the XMP Profile in BIOS/EFI.


    Thanks for the response.
    Sorry for the noob questions, but I really want to understand this. They are above standard what? speed? Is the standard speed of my mobo (or is it the CPU that is relevant) 1333?
  6. Above the standard speed of RAM that is relevant to the motherboard settings and CPU capabilities. DDR3 DRAM follows the JEDEC Serial Presence Detect Specification. ALL DDR3 motherboards can only AUTO default up to DDR3-1600 CL11 1.50V. So whether you have DDR3-1600 CL9 or DDR3-2800 CL11, you will need to manually input settings for the RAM, or enable the Intel XMP Profile for the motherboard to recognize the above standard (performance) specifications of the RAM. Once XMP is enabled, it will set the DRAM frequency, timings, and voltage, which is what you would do manually if you did not enable XMP. Intel XMP works flawlessly with a compatible CPU, motherboard, and memory combination. This is why it is important to look at DRAM Qualified Motherboards Lists to see which combinations have been approved to reach the rated specifications of the high performance RAM kit. In addition, a supportive CPU is necessary. For example, i7-3770K CPUs are tested capable for DDR3-2400, whereas i7-3770 CPUs are tested capable for DDR3-2133. Not ANY CPU will run DDR3-1600+ (above standard). Intel states the CPUs are only capable of DDR3-1600 max, because they follow the standard, but enthusiasts know the K and X series CPUs especially are capable of much more.

    Hopefully that explains some things. So in your particular case, I recommended the DDR3-1866 CL9 kit for that i7-3770 CPU because both frequency and timings are above standard, so it will be ideal for your editing purpose that requires speed and stability.

    Thank you
    GSKILL SUPPORT
  7. gskill support said:
    Above the standard speed of RAM that is relevant to the motherboard settings and CPU capabilities. DDR3 DRAM follows the JEDEC Serial Presence Detect Specification. ALL DDR3 motherboards can only AUTO default up to DDR3-1600 CL11 1.50V. So whether you have DDR3-1600 CL9 or DDR3-2800 CL11, you will need to manually input settings for the RAM, or enable the Intel XMP Profile for the motherboard to recognize the above standard (performance) specifications of the RAM. Once XMP is enabled, it will set the DRAM frequency, timings, and voltage, which is what you would do manually if you did not enable XMP. Intel XMP works flawlessly with a compatible CPU, motherboard, and memory combination. This is why it is important to look at DRAM Qualified Motherboards Lists to see which combinations have been approved to reach the rated specifications of the high performance RAM kit. In addition, a supportive CPU is necessary. For example, i7-3770K CPUs are tested capable for DDR3-2400, whereas i7-3770 CPUs are tested capable for DDR3-2133. Not ANY CPU will run DDR3-1600+ (above standard). Intel states the CPUs are only capable of DDR3-1600 max, because they follow the standard, but enthusiasts know the K and X series CPUs especially are capable of much more.

    Hopefully that explains some things. So in your particular case, I recommended the DDR3-1866 CL9 kit for that i7-3770 CPU because both frequency and timings are above standard, so it will be ideal for your editing purpose that requires speed and stability.

    Thank you
    GSKILL SUPPORT



    nice to see some official response lol
    thanks for enlightening :)
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