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RAM question for ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX

I recently purchased and AMD FX-8350 and an ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX motherboard and I wanted to know what RAM would be 'above par.' I'm in the process of a total system upgrade. I want to get 16gb and stay in the $170-190 range. I was thinking the g.skill trident x, but I wasn't sure if it was compatible with my motherboard and wasn't sure how to check.
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  1. Trident X is a great choice and you will be fine using it on your board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231588
  2. patrick47018 said:
    Trident X is a great choice and you will be fine using it on your board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231588


    Thanks for the reply. Is it true that the 8350 only supports 1600mhz with more than 2 dimms?
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    It is true that 2 DIMMS are better than 4, as it puts less stress on the MC. But it is supposed to support 2400MHz memory, but you will have to manually enter the speed, which is really easy
  4. patrick47018 said:
    It is true that 2 DIMMS are better than 4, as it puts less stress on the MC. But it is supposed to support 2400MHz memory, but you will have to mdial Chanelanually enter the speed, which is really easy


    Thanks, you've been a big help! Just one more question, and if you don't know it's alright. Which would be better/faster: 16gb (4x4) Mushkin enhanced 1600mhz 7-9-8-24 or 16gb (2x8) dual channel trident x 2133mhz 9-11-11-31?

    The basic question here is 'does dial channel make 1600 ram better/faster than 2133' because I'd prefer to have all four slots full, but if I'll see a marginal difference with dual channel, I'll just stick with that.
  5. Best bet is a 2X config i.e. 2x8, the 8350 supports up to 2 sticks of 1866 (1 per channel)

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/ddr3memoryfrequencyguide.aspx

    and can occasionally carry 2133 with an OC at 16GB. As far as dual channel that is in effect with 2 or 4 sticks (2 when placed in the proper slots) and can provide up to a 10% or so performance gain over single stick, single channel ops. While 2133/9 is faster, chances are good your CPU couldn't carry 2133, but with 2x8gB and if the sticks are a good price, could drop them to 1866/8 and run there which would be near 2133 performance
  6. Hi,

    I have the exact same motherboard and CPU. My PC runs windows 8.1 64bits and came with 2 x 4gb sticks of this Gskill sniper model (F3-12800CL9S-4GBSR) https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-biUveDagYyg/U7_-qTuG9FI/AAAAAAAAEpo/c_E2PS1Fqog/w1745-h676-no/20140711_121114.jpg

    I want to replace them with 8gb sticks, but I only have 3 slots available because the cooler is too big and there is no space to use the 4th.

    Which model do you recommend me to purchase? (3x8GB sticks = 24GB total).

    Thanks a lot.
  7. Sorry to renew such an old questoin asked but if i'm understanding this right...I too have a 8350 processor, and the asrock fatal1ty 990fx killer booard...it says it supposed DDR3 2450*(O.C.)/ 2100*/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066...I was thinking of upgrading my ram and getting some off a friend of mine who is selling Corsair Platinum RAM 32GB DDR3 2133mhz....will this speed work with my motherboard? like would i need to manually enter the 2133...or just leave auto mode on in the bios...and if not he is selling his board which is a Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z, would both these be a good upgrade..I currently use crucuial ballistix 1600
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