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June 1, 2010 10:32:51 PM

Hi there,

a little problem choosing memory here. Which kit would be the best for my build (i7-930, 5870).

3x2GB Gskillz
3x2GB Corsair Dominator
3x2GB Corsair XMS3

Or, something else!

Need to order by tonight at 11PM, so, would love it if you guys could help!

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June 1, 2010 10:56:14 PM

The RAM I posted is CAS 7 vs. CAS 9 for the kit you linked to. The real-world difference isn't huge, but I would get the lowest CAS RAM that fits your budget. I didn't realize you were from Canada. Here's the RAM I suggested on the www.newegg.ca site:

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $201.49

NCIX carries a CAS 6 version.

G.SKILL F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI Pi Series 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL6-8-6-20 240PIN Triple Channel Memory Kit $214.99
June 1, 2010 10:58:45 PM

I am ordering from NCIX mostly, with 1 or two things from newegg. Would the CAS 6 from NCIX be better than the CAS7 one you listed? Not much of a price difference, so =o
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June 1, 2010 11:05:39 PM

Yes, lower is better with CAS ratings. The CAS 6 RAM is faster than CAS 7 and CAS 9. I would get the CAS 6 kit from NCIX if it fits your budget.
June 1, 2010 11:13:04 PM

Interesting, thanks.

Do you mind informing me why the other RAM i linked is more expensive, but worse timings?
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June 1, 2010 11:32:15 PM

Corsair charges a premium for their name. That's why slow Corsair RAM costs more than faster G.Skill RAM.

The RAM should work just fine with your motherboard. The RAM compatibility lists are far from complete. You may just need to manually set the RAM speed, timings, and voltage in the BIOS. You should do that anyway, so it's not a big deal.
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