I'm looking at getting the i7 920 processor and the P6T Le motherboard. Now I need to decide on RAM, but I don't know what all the specifications mean I would GREATLY appreciate it if someone broke it down for me.
I took the specs straight from new egg:
Perfect match for Core i5 & Core i7
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - Retail
* Cas Latency: 9
* Timing: 9-9-9-24
* Voltage: 1.65V
* Multi-channel Kit: Quad Channel Kit
* Heat Spreader: Yes
* Features: 8GB memory kit (4 x 2GB) for use with Dual Channel DDR3 Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support XMS Heat Spreader
* Parts: Lifetime limited
* Labor: Lifetime limited
* Model #: CMX8GX3M4A1600C9
* Item #: N82E16820145261
* Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
I think they are referring that there is 4 x 2gb sticks. I don't think quad channel kit is out yet... but I could be wrong.
also, I have been googling the difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM, but have been finding different answers. It is clear that when running the i7 920 at stock clock (2.66), you only need 1066 RAM. But I'm planning on overclocking at 3.2 so would 1600 RAM be overkill? Could I settle for 1333 or do I really need 1600 ?
I'm guessing you already have a sound card if your planning on using it for intense music production. Well Random Access Memory(RAM) is used to speed loading times of programs, games etc. So the higher the clock speed of the RAM ie. : 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz, the faster it loads data to the RAM. The latency and timings are just used to compare in between RAM with the same clock speed. Lower being better, ie. : 7-7-7-20 is better than 9-9-9-24. During normal computing you won't be able to see the difference but using programs like Photoshop will see a big jump in performance when you have more and faster RAM with tight timings. As an article in toms concluded :http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/memory-scaling-i7,review-..., if its for gaming a 1333Mhz would be sufficient. If your gonna use the PC for programs that needs a lot of data to be on hand then more RAM n lower timings for you. The voltage just states how much power is going to be supplied to it and it also tells you how much heat its going to dissipate. Read the link there if you want to know if its overkill. But if you have the cash why not.