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July 5, 2010 1:27:04 PM

Ok, currently I have a 4GB Corsair XMS3 1333MHz RAM running but I want to upgrade to something more efficient and fast. Maybe something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with a 2133MHz Speed memory. I was wondering if they are compatible with the mtoherboard since the specifications say 2133(OC) - I know it means OC Profile but what does it exactly mean at a functional level, I mean, will they run perfectly at 2133 from the start or does the (OC) means I have to tweak something out? Also, if you know of a better RAM package suitable for my extreme gaming means, please do advice since Im about to purchase that GSkill package and I welcome advice and suggestions on othr memories and brands. Thanks in advance for any answers!!
a c 113 V Motherboard
July 5, 2010 2:49:12 PM

I don't think that kit is a great investment CL9 and your mobo probably defaults to 1333MHz.
So yes you'll have to set-up ram in bios.
Why don't you tell us what components you have?
It would be very helpful.
If you really think new ram will help your rig i would save my money and buy this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As far as gaming performance goes your cpu and gpu are much more important then ram speed.
July 5, 2010 3:02:15 PM

davcon said:
I don't think that kit is a great investment CL9 and your mobo probably defaults to 1333MHz.
So yes you'll have to set-up ram in bios.
Why don't you tell us what components you have?
It would be very helpful.
If you really think new ram will help your rig i would save my money and buy this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As far as gaming performance goes your cpu and gpu are much more important then ram speed.



Ok then, I have
MSI TRINERGY MOBO
I7-860 3.5GHz OC
4GB 1333MHZ CORSAIR XMS3
2 GTX470 SUPECLOCKED EDs IN SLI
1000W OCZ GOLD SERIES PSU
500GB WD 7200rpm HDD
CORSAIR H-50 COOLING UNIT
EVERYTHING INSIDE A COOLER MASTER HAF-932 FULL TOWER CASE
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a c 177 V Motherboard
July 5, 2010 4:19:25 PM

Try a read at Memory - more than you wanted to know!, especially sections II & III, will 'ground you' in how to select memory, what 'makes a difference', and what's worth paying for - hint: 2133 is way too fast - your odds of even getting it to work without a decent background knowledge are slim to nonexistent...
July 5, 2010 5:10:01 PM

bilbat said:
Try a read at Memory - more than you wanted to know!, especially sections II & III, will 'ground you' in how to select memory, what 'makes a difference', and what's worth paying for - hint: 2133 is way too fast - your odds of even getting it to work without a decent background knowledge are slim to nonexistent...


oK I read a little bit of the article and learned the latencies, in the end i saw these 2 products that caught my eye from learning your article (kudos by the way - extremely well done guide)

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

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

Ive got these two options, which one would you recommend?
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 5, 2010 5:18:05 PM

As the prices are the same, I'd go with the 7-7-7-21; smidgen faster...
July 5, 2010 5:47:13 PM

bilbat said:
As the prices are the same, I'd go with the 7-7-7-21; smidgen faster...


Ok I will trust you, but what should I do once I install the RAM modules since they are compatible in OC Profile, I mean will they run on 1600 since I boot them up or will I have to configure them through BIOS?

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a c 177 V Motherboard
July 5, 2010 6:03:02 PM
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You will definitely have to configure in the BIOS - you can do it simply with the available XMP profile function, which, to some degree, 'locks you out' of a lot of other BIOS flexibilty, or you can do the 'Sidestepping' XMP's limitations: in Part IV - "Tweaking and tuning" - if you need, I can walk you through it, step by step...
July 16, 2010 9:18:01 PM

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