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November 10, 2013 10:14:13 PM

I'm upgrading my computers ram from 2 x 2gb sticks of Kingston 1333DDR3N9 to 2 x 4gb Kingston HyperX 1600C9D3B1K2. My motherboard can only handle 1333 (Its a ASUS P8P67) but I will probably upgrade that in the near future. I was wondering if it was worth the Upgrade even if I don't upgrade the motherboard. Any other suggestions would be welcomed but please keep in mind that I have a price-range of $150 Max but preferably under $100 AU. I could also get another 2 x 2gb identical sticks but I heard 2 x 4gb is better. I am using this setup for gaming and was wondering if the upgrade was worth it.

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November 10, 2013 10:45:32 PM

Your mobo can handle DRAM up to 2133 anyway, the Hyper X would work, but since you're looking at 1600 sticks find a 1600/9 set at 1.5 - there's no reason for any 1600/9 set to need 1.65 volts like the kingstons call for, can be indicative of weak memory ICs
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November 11, 2013 2:01:07 AM

Simo641 said:
I'm upgrading my computers ram from 2 x 2gb sticks of Kingston 1333DDR3N9 to 2 x 4gb Kingston HyperX 1600C9D3B1K2. My motherboard can only handle 1333 (Its a ASUS P8P67) but I will probably upgrade that in the near future. I was wondering if it was worth the Upgrade even if I don't upgrade the motherboard. Any other suggestions would be welcomed but please keep in mind that I have a price-range of $150 Max but preferably under $100 AU. I could also get another 2 x 2gb identical sticks but I heard 2 x 4gb is better. I am using this setup for gaming and was wondering if the upgrade was worth it.


Tradesman1 said:
Your mobo can handle DRAM up to 2133 anyway, the Hyper X would work, but since you're looking at 1600 sticks find a 1600/9 set at 1.5 - there's no reason for any 1600/9 set to need 1.65 volts like the kingstons call for, can be indicative of weak memory ICs


How do you know that my motherboard can handle up to 2133 of ddr3 anyway? I remember seeing somewhere that it can only handle up to 1333? Also what's the difference between 1.5 and 1.65 volts(like what effect does it have)? Sorry if i don't get most of this stuff I'm new to it all.
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November 11, 2013 4:57:49 PM

Primarily because I built a number of SB rigs on your model mobo and remeber it will run at least 2133 because aI built a few with RJ X 2133 sets, the RJ X DRAM came out aimed at the 1155 SB - for 2133 you will need a K model CPU 2500K, 2600K, etc anyway....1.5 is basically the standard for DDR3 up through 2133, 1.6-1.65 is the standard voltage for 2133 and up....actually you might even check your mobo specs - am thinking your Asus was one of the ones they actually rated to 2200
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November 11, 2013 9:56:50 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Primarily because I built a number of SB rigs on your model mobo and remeber it will run at least 2133 because aI built a few with RJ X 2133 sets, the RJ X DRAM came out aimed at the 1155 SB - for 2133 you will need a K model CPU 2500K, 2600K, etc anyway....1.5 is basically the standard for DDR3 up through 2133, 1.6-1.65 is the standard voltage for 2133 and up....actually you might even check your mobo specs - am thinking your Asus was one of the ones they actually rated to 2200


I'll take your word for it as I'm sure you know far more about this stuff than I do. Please Keep in mind that mine is the P8P67 REV 1.02 and not any of the newer versions.Is there any particular brands or models I should be looking at(for RAM)?

Update: Just looked at cpu-z and it said my DRAM frequency was only 668.9mhz? I just took this cpu-z screenshot. Does this mean that my ram is only 668.9mhz? I thought it ran at whatever the number after the brand was. For example 1333. care to explain?
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November 11, 2013 10:14:24 PM

Looked it up for you, and it does hit 2200

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8P67/#specifications

CPU-Z shows true freq, and remember this is DDR (DOUBLE data rates, so true freq 668.9 x 2 = 1337.8 effective freq

Since you currently have 1600 sticks go into the BIOS and enable XMP then select Profile 1 and should be at 1600 - that will show as 800 in CPU-Z.

Can try the 2x4GB Kingstons - or take a look at GSkill Snipers 1600/9 in 2x4GB
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November 11, 2013 10:58:16 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Looked it up for you, and it does hit 2200

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8P67/#specifications

CPU-Z shows true freq, and remember this is DDR (DOUBLE data rates, so true freq 668.9 x 2 = 1337.8 effective freq

Since you currently have 1600 sticks go into the BIOS and enable XMP then select Profile 1 and should be at 1600 - that will show as 800 in CPU-Z.

Can try the 2x4GB Kingstons - or take a look at GSkill Snipers 1600/9 in 2x4GB


Thanks heaps man. I just went into the BIOS. I didn't enable XMP or profile 1 but I went into advanced and changed memory speed to 1600 and my cpu-z now shows up as 802.7mhz. It also says the FSB:D RAM is now 1:6? Is this a problem? I have just tested this and it has improved my computer heaps. Thanks Trademan you potentially just saved me $100
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November 12, 2013 6:53:49 AM

Looks like your good to go, saving the $100 is great, I only charge $50 ;)  just kidding, may want to close the thread ;) 
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November 12, 2013 10:10:49 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Looks like your good to go, saving the $100 is great, I only charge $50 ;)  just kidding, may want to close the thread ;) 


I think only a Moderator can do that? Feel free to if this is the case and again thanks for the advice :) 
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November 12, 2013 10:29:01 PM

You can use the Pick as the Solution button in the responses you rec'd ;) 
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