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Is this memory good/overkill?

I will be putting together a system with i7-3770K (OC'd) and 32 GB of RAM.

It seems the defacto standard would be 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600.

What CAS latency is desirable for this system?

I found one with a latency of 8.

Is this necessary or am I better off putting my money into another aspect of the system?

Crucial Ballistix 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLT8G3D1608DT1TX0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148558
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  1. cas 8 is fine and 1600mhz is fine

    but is there a reason you need 32gb of ram?
  2. mcnumpty23 said:
    cas 8 is fine and 1600mhz is fine

    but is there a reason you need 32gb of ram?


    I agree^

    Is 32GB needed? That's...wow :lol: 8GB is fine and I even 16GB is overkill.
  3. $320 for 32GB of ram? Why?
  4. Need the RAM for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, I think. Right now I have 8 Gig, and very often 7.5 Gig are used up. 16 GB might be enough, but then if I add another 16 Gb later they won't match perfectly.

    I could save by going to CAS 9 or CAS 10. Would that be advisable?
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    7.5gb used in total including everything else thats running ?

    or just by adobe?

    dont think cas 9 or cas 10 would be much different--same as going over 1600mhz doesnt really gain much on newer intel

    platforms though it costs a fair bit more
  6. mcnumpty23 said:
    7.5gb used in total including everything else thats running ?

    or just by adobe?

    dont think cas 9 or cas 10 would be much different--same as going over 1600mhz doesnt really gain much on newer intel

    platforms though it costs a fair bit more


    Adobe allows you to set the amount of RAM allocated to everything else. On a system with 8 GB, the default setting is 2 GB I believe--this is also the minimum allowed.

    So on my system. Adobe is using the full 6 GB that I have allocated to it (which is the most permitted). It is definitely thirsty for more, but I am not sure how much more.

    Cas 9 or 10 would be ok with OC?
  7. cas 9 or 10 is fine for overclocking

    dont use adobe so not sure

    but could it be using extra ram because your current cpu isnt powerfull enough?

    and i believe cuda can be used with adobe? --do you use your gpu with it?
  8. mcnumpty23 said:
    cas 9 or 10 is fine for overclocking

    dont use adobe so not sure

    but could it be using extra ram because your current cpu isnt powerfull enough?

    and i believe cuda can be used with adobe? --do you use your gpu with it?


    Thanks! I won't worry too much about CAS then.

    Adobe uses RAM for lots of different things. Sometimes it allocates RAM per CPU core, so with a higher end hex-core CPU (which it would see as 12 cores) it uses even more RAM!
  9. well it all comes down to whats in your wallet at the end of the day

    so if you can afford 32gb and think you will need it then go for it

    but having a quick read up on it maybe a quadro graphics card would make a big difference as it looks like cuda makes a big

    difference--though they arent cheap either
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