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[Solved] Corsair Dominator GT worth the money? Is it possible to...

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March 25, 2010 1:17:00 PM

I really like how the Dominator GT's look and they would match my Red/Black theme perfectly, but they're really expensive!

$287 6GB 1600MHz 7-7-7-20
$399 6GB 1600MHz 6-6-6-20
$319 6GB 1866MHz 9-9-9-24
$392 6GB 2000MHz 8-8-8-24




Here's my setup sofar:



Lian-Li PC-P50R Armorsuit
EVGA X58 Classified Motherboard
Intel Core i7 930

I plan to overclock water cooled to 4.4ghz-4.6ghz if I can get it stable.

ANYWAYS - My question: Is it hard to run memory at 2000MHz on a highly overclocked i7? does it make the overclock unstable? or require a ton more voltage? Would I only be expecting to get around 1600MHz memory at such a high overclock anyways? Or is it possible?

I really have my heart set on this Corsair RAM even though it's about double the price of other brands, but I can't quite justify $400 for the 2000mhz. I could justify $287 for the 1600 though.

But do you think with a i7 at 4.4GHz-4.6GHz it's possible to have RAM really high like 1800-2000? If so, then I should probably go with some other brand 2000mhz ddr3 for $200-$250... which would be a shame, 'cause I really like the way this stuff looks!

Thanks for reading... I'm really torn up about this decision.

P.S. BTW how can they charge such a HUGE price premium for this ram? what the heck makes it so special besides some tighter timings? Does anyone have any other suggestions for sexy ram that would fit my case? preferably 1800-2000 and red with black? Black PCB is a plus, I hate green PCB.
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a b K Overclocking
March 25, 2010 1:46:59 PM

Well the performance gain from 1600 to 2000 is something you will not see besides in benchmarks IMO go with a good sett of 1600 ram with the tightest timings you can find.

I like these

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 25, 2010 1:55:23 PM

saaiello said:
Well the performance gain from 1600 to 2000 is something you will not see besides in benchmarks IMO go with a good sett of 1600 ram with the tightest timings you can find.

I like these

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks, yeah I know there probably won't be a huge real world difference, but I'd still like to have as much memory bandwidth as possible. (without spending over $300) I do a lot of memory intensive stuff. (compiling software, video/audio studio work, and gaming.)

Those PI are nice nice but still nowhere near as sexy as the Corsair Dominator GT.

I've been considering these, but they aren't as sexy either and they are green PCB. I bet they'd also do CAS7 @1600 just like those PI too.

G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also concerned about reliability... I don't want to skimp on RAM, afterall these are going in a $400 motherboard!!! (but I'd like to not break the bank either) I wish those Corsair Dominator GT's weren't so expensive :( 
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March 25, 2010 4:47:32 PM

bump...

to summarize here for TL;DR people

-I want Dominator GT's cause they're sexy as hell, but can't afford the 2ghz model

-Wondering If high OC'd i7's (4.4ghz-4.6ghz) can even have memory that high and be stable, if not then I don't need 2ghz mem and i can buy the cheaper Dominator GT's

-If i7's can have both, I'm looking for 2ghz RAM recommendations that match the red/black theme (I wish the 2ghz corsairs were affordable :(  )
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a b K Overclocking
March 25, 2010 5:24:17 PM

You can have an i7 at 4.4-4.6 ghz and have the ram at 2000 mhz as long as you keep the VTT high and the Uncore as slow as possible.

But no, the 1600 cant overclock to 2000mhz. TBH, going from 1600 to 2000mhz will not give you any kind of FPS improvement in games.

I would go for some G.skill dude, they are so much cheaper and they have some red and black models.
March 25, 2010 5:25:04 PM

Also, just read this review on newegg from a mushkin review. not sure how accurate this is, maybe people trying to shoot corsair down... do Dominators really have problems in the X58 Classified? I thought they were on the compatibility list, I'll have to check with EVGA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Best DDR3 Memory for Evga x58 Sli
Reviewed By: Comps on 2/23/2010
Tech Level: high - Ownership: less than 1 day
This user purchased this item from Newegg
Pros: This has got to be the best memory for this board. I was having all kinds of problems with Corsair Dominator Ram which i found out later that it doesnt work well with the board. Alot of people have the Evga board and if you one of those people, I would definitely recommend this memory for you. Works perfect at 6-7-6 18 at 1.65 volts. Perfect ram 5+ Eggs.
Cons: The cost is a little high.
March 25, 2010 5:27:18 PM

overshocked said:
You can have an i7 at 4.4-4.6 ghz and have the ram at 2000 mhz as long as you keep the VTT high and the Uncore as slow as possible.

But no, the 1600 cant overclock to 2000mhz. TBH, going from 1600 to 2000mhz will not give you any kind of FPS improvement in games.

I would go for some G.skill dude, they are so much cheaper and they have some red and black models.


Thanks for the reply, I may end up going with some of the cheaper stuff. I wasn't gonna try to OC 1600->2000 that's too much.

But now I'm starting to think maybe some 6-7-6-18 1600mhz would be faster than some higher latency 2000mhz... hmm.... sucks none of these match my motherboard as well as the corsair :( 

buuuut then there's this... 8-8-7-24 latency @ 2000mhz. $279 is better than $392 corsair. but more than the G.skill, but the G.skill at $209 is 9-9-9-something. too bad this mushin has green PCB, ugly :( 

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Edit: I just realized i have 143 browser tabs open :o 
March 25, 2010 5:38:56 PM

overshocked said:
You can have an i7 at 4.4-4.6 ghz and have the ram at 2000 mhz as long as you keep the VTT high and the Uncore as slow as possible


Does lowering the Uncore effect performance? Maybe some lower latency 1600mhz with high uncore would net more performance than slow uncore but fast memory? Or with low latency 1600 would I have to lower the uncore also?
March 26, 2010 7:45:30 AM

*faints*

a b } Memory
a b K Overclocking
March 26, 2010 5:41:38 PM

Sorry, forgot about this thread...

The thing is, the only reason to buy high speed ram is if you are overclocking to a point where the ram would run out of spec unless you had kick ass 2000mhz ram.

It really doesnt effect performance very much at all. I doubt it will even give you a 2 fps increase in games going from 1600mhz to 2000mhz.
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a b K Overclocking
March 26, 2010 6:23:15 PM

There is absolutely no issue with our memory and the EVGA boards. We have sent quite a bit to Shamino in Taiwan over the past year and it's all fully tested and compatible by them and us. Newegg reviews are 100% worthless.

You can easily up to or beyond a 200BClock with the 1600 or 1866 models if you don't want to go for the faster versions.
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a b K Overclocking
March 27, 2010 12:59:42 AM

Yes, yellow beard.

He is saying that when you go with higher bclks then you will need faster ram. You wont need anything higher than 1600 though unless you are planning on going over 5ghz.
March 27, 2010 2:29:17 PM

Thanks for all the replies, after seeing some real world benchmarks I may just end up going with some low latency 1600's.

Not corsair though, that stuff is up to $306 now!!!! it was $287 a few days ago which was already a bit high... /sigh
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a b K Overclocking
March 27, 2010 4:29:49 PM

^Thats what i would do.
March 30, 2010 5:10:27 AM

I ended up getting these. They're not too sexy, but if I can manage to get 2000mhz with the rated 8-8-7-24 they should be FAST. (Or run them at 1600mhz CL6, they are flexible)

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 998750 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for all the help everyone.
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