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Best 16GB ram for MSI Z87-GD65

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July 18, 2013 10:39:01 AM

so im going to upgrade my pc by getting this MOBO along with the i7 4770k ( for OC ) and i was wondering what the best 16GB ram would be for this MOBO.

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July 18, 2013 2:44:57 PM

Definately a 2x8GB set, the Tridents, mentioned above are a great choice, but what all do you do with your rig, just wondering? if basically email and surfing, will be wasting your money, if gaming and multi-tasking then 2400 would be a good choice....Big thing is don't waste money that can be used elsewhere for something you need
July 18, 2013 3:58:25 PM

well im going to be gaming for the most part, and i might do some livestreaming and upload videos
a b } Memory
July 18, 2013 4:11:22 PM

Yeah then get the tridents worth your money

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a c 1591 } Memory
July 18, 2013 5:01:01 PM

The Trident's are shown as $169.99 at the Egg, not sure of your budget but there's the Ripjaws X in 1866 for $134.99 (F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL) which is also a good set at a lower price, the Tridents are also available in 1866, $164 and 2133 at $166
a c 1591 } Memory
July 26, 2013 3:55:59 PM

Carl Mason,
You'll be fine w/ that set, The RJs are a great set also....think I've used most all of GSkill sticks up through 2400, still a few 2666 through the 3000 sets I haven't used yet - leaning towards the 2800- 32GB set for my Haswell
July 29, 2013 2:48:53 PM

Can you tell me please why only get 2x8gb ram and not 4x4gb ram i'm thinking of getting this board but was going to fill all the slots. is that meant to be better to fill all the slots with ram ? :??: 
a c 1591 } Memory
July 29, 2013 4:06:41 PM

2x8GB is less stress on the MC, and will operate ever so slightly faster only running through 2 pipes opposed to 4......With either 2 or 4 you still operate in dual channel
July 30, 2013 9:18:32 AM

Personally, I went with the 2133mhz Patriot Dual Viper 3 kit - 2x4GB. It works perfectly fine, and is less than $100....They default at 1600mhz, then you enable XMP for 2133mhz....
July 30, 2013 12:46:26 PM

ok thanks for the help
a c 1591 } Memory
July 30, 2013 2:12:14 PM


The Vipers are a good set also, though, (and just me) for 2133 sticks I try and go CL9 think the Vipers are like CL11
July 31, 2013 12:00:43 PM

Tradesman1 said:

The Vipers are a good set also, though, (and just me) for 2133 sticks I try and go CL9 think the Vipers are like CL11

CL9 would be the way to go, but they also carry a higher price tag....and usually higher power requirements also....
a c 1591 } Memory
July 31, 2013 12:47:29 PM

Thats the prformance factor playing in the 2133/9 equate to a very tight 1600/7 where the 2133/11 is a to a staid entry level 1600/9....if thinking performance and the 2133/9 isn't in the budget look to 1866/9 which will outperform the 2133/11
July 31, 2013 12:57:07 PM

Sorry, but am compelled to disagree with you....I actually traded in 1866/9 Corsair ram for these Vipers due to the performance gain....
a c 1591 } Memory
July 31, 2013 1:07:06 PM

Are they an 11 set running at 11, can check in CPU-Z the memory tab, should show freq at 1066(7) and the timings it's at, could also be the 2133/11s are in with the CR at 1 opposed to 2...could also be a very strong set of 2133/11 and the 1866/9 was a weaker set or not set correctly.....DRAM is no different than CPUs, there are some that are very strong, others are 'normal' and then there's weak ones and a lot of different factors can play in....without taking each individual factor into effect, can generally only 'speak' of generalities when comparing DRAM
July 31, 2013 1:13:09 PM

Have you tried any of these on a Haswell, or are you simply relying on benchmarks? I'm running an i5-4670k on the Z87-GD65 Gaming board, and the real-world differences were pretty obvious. Haswell handles memory differently than previous CPUs....