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May 20, 2010 5:14:54 PM

I just bought a Core i7-930 (on sale for 199.99 at Micro Center store!) and will be getting ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard. I'm trying to decide between two different sets of RAM. They are both Corsair XMS3, but one is CL7 and one is CL9, with timings 7-8-7-20 and 9-9-9-24 respectively. The links are here:

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

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

Obviously the CL7 set is better, but for gaming would I notice a big enough difference to warrant spending $30 more? I don't want to buy the cheaper RAM only to regret it later, but if I can save money and not even see any difference, then why not?

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May 20, 2010 8:51:44 PM

In gaming, you will not see a major difference between CL7 or CL9. You really won't see a difference outside of benchmarks to the average user.

With that said, the extra $30 is worth it IMO but if you are looking to save cost, it is a valid option to consider.
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May 20, 2010 9:15:49 PM

Are you open to other choices? If yes, I suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For ~ 190 USD you'll get Cas7 + 1.5v which should run safer on I7 away from its voltage upper limit !
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May 22, 2010 3:02:24 AM

So you're saying that the G.skill RAM is better than both of the Corsair options for me? Or is the Cas7 Corsair RAM better than the G.skill? I've always bought Corsair because they have always worked great for me, but I have read countless times about G.skill being good ram. I just want the best bang for my buck.

EDIT: So I like the looks of this more and more as I read the reviews on Newegg, take into account the voltage which you spoke of as well, and on top of it, not only is it $175 instead of $190 now (with free shipping), but it also has a combo deal to save $45 with the exact video card I was going to get, the EVGA superclocked GTX 480! Pretty awesome savings, there. Thanks a ton for pointing this out avatar_raq! Definitely gonna get this instead!
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May 22, 2010 3:15:17 AM

Best answer selected by Vivere.
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May 22, 2010 9:09:58 AM

You are welcome, glad to help !
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