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Corsair Announces Full Line of Quad Channel DRAM Kits

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November 17, 2011 3:37:56 AM

Forget SB-E CPUs, I can't even afford quad-channel RAM!
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November 17, 2011 4:02:24 AM

Hmm.. I'll stick to 2x4gb Dual Channel 1600mhz ram at 70$ thank you.
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November 17, 2011 4:33:11 AM

32gb? im at 4gb =[

do we even have ways to use all the ram for the regular consumer?
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November 17, 2011 4:52:03 AM

eklipz33032gb? im at 4gb =[do we even have ways to use all the ram for the regular consumer?

Right now anything more than 4 is virtually useless for gaming atleast, and I think thats what these guys are aiming for. Anything more than that can only work in 64bit clients, and those are not too common, yet.
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November 17, 2011 4:52:20 AM

Would be nice for a RAM disk but i don't think it is cost effective with SSD laying around. I guess if you use Firefox with 10 tabs open it will full up 32 GB (I keed). Only useful for video editing program and Virtual Machines, I guess (never used one of those really).
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November 17, 2011 4:58:38 AM

Also useful for CFD meshing! My 24GB isn't enough sometimes.

Do want.
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November 17, 2011 5:20:49 AM

I'm comfortable with 8gb's as I need it to run FF, Outlook, a few messenger like apps, VS, and whatever game im playing... But anymore than that is total waste IMO. Heck, I can get away with 4gigs and have for quite a while. The only other use I can find is multiboxing WoW, and running my own instances lol...
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November 17, 2011 6:32:09 AM

More heatspreaders at voltages low enough that they don't actually do anything except make it hard to get in past the CPU heatsink.

I have 16 GB in both my computers, and use it. A decent OS will cache on-disk content to RAM and make use of as much as you give it.
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November 17, 2011 7:19:24 AM

Funny, sandy bridge isn't really bottle necked by memory at all.

Also, whats the difference between buying 4 stick of identical ram and a 'quad channel overpriced' kit?
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November 17, 2011 9:00:06 AM

ichihaifuRight now anything more than 4 is virtually useless for gaming atleast, and I think thats what these guys are aiming for. Anything more than that can only work in 64bit clients, and those are not too common, yet.


64 bit is pretty common now, and all new systems that I've seen come with Windows 7 64 bit. I've been running a 64 bit OS since Vista.
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November 17, 2011 12:44:11 PM

The 32 GB Dominator 1866 MHz (CMT32GX3M4X1866C9 ) is $800 according to Corsair's page :( 

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November 17, 2011 2:18:09 PM

Quad channel currently does not benefit normal consumer, (even hard core gamers) there just aren't any consumer level programs that are bottlenecked by the bandwidth available in modern RAM.
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November 17, 2011 2:31:11 PM

Quad Channel? Holy fudge pops batman, I will just sell my first born for the RAM. Not to mention many times you have to be selective in which DIMM slot you use because of system stability.

Hell on my Motherboard with ram in the first two slots it refuses to boot. I have experienced this other times as well on other boards.
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November 17, 2011 2:59:52 PM

No upgrade for me. I'm skipping this round.
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November 17, 2011 3:50:14 PM

pwnorbpwndHmm.. I'll stick to 2x4gb Dual Channel 1600mhz ram at 70$ thank you.

You mean 40 dollars. www.newegg.com
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November 17, 2011 6:00:07 PM

Man these are going to be hella expensive.
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November 17, 2011 7:26:38 PM

AbdullahGForget SB-E CPUs, I can't even afford quad-channel RAM!

You can grab 16GB of G.skill ripjaw Z 1600 (designed for SB-E) for less than $90 bucks
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November 17, 2011 8:34:39 PM

To be honest, the only benefit *I* see of getting a fourth memory channel is that it grants you an extra two slots for DIMMs, meaning you could cram in more RAM. For a gamer, this is pointless; 2 modules is all you'll actually need to make use of; a pair of inexpensive 4GB DIMMs is all but overkill for any game in Windows 7.

Now, for someone doing obscene levels of audio and video editing, one could quite conceivably want an SSD's amount of RAM. For instance, someone composing music might be using a very exhaustive set of uncompressed samples, and some of these libraries ARE measured in the tens of gigabytes. So in this case, the option to go to 64GB (8x8GB) or to be able to AFFORD 32GB (as 4GB DIMMs are a fraction the price of 8GB DIMMs) could be a godsend to such professionals. The further memory bandwidth isn't of any real use; it's just the extra capacity that gets used.
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November 18, 2011 2:34:17 AM

eklipz33032gb? im at 4gb =[do we even have ways to use all the ram for the regular consumer?

This kind of hardware isn't intended for "regular" customers who only browse the web, play farmville, email, etc. Those folks don't need more than 4GB. Professionals and hobbyists who edit large amounts of high-def video, build complex digital 3D models, work with large amounts of data, and otherwise have very demanding hardware needs will be eyeballing this stuff in the near future.
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