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August 5, 2010 2:20:25 AM

Hi all,

I have the following offerings at my location:

(2gbx2) for i7 870
Team elite 4gb ddr3 1600 cl9 at $144
Gskill ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1600 cl7 at $188
Team xtreem dark 4gb ddr3 1600 cl8 $190
Corsair Dominator 4gb ddr3 1600 cl9 $174

Value Rams:
Kingston 1333Mhz cl 9-9-9-24 (KVR1333D3N9) 1.5 volts at $65 per 1x2gb

Ram for i7 930
Kingston Hyper-X T1 DDR3 1600 Mhz 6GB (3x2GB) CL9 9-9-9-27 $295
Corsair 6gb dominator 1600 CL8(8-8-8-24) $309

Still very green at judging from the latency. Which is better? CL7 or CL9? I know the smaller the clock cycles the better. Any tips for how to judge?

For the 17 930 RAM, i believe the corsair seems to be a better choice for a little more. Am i right? Any major differences?

Also, recommended advice on which i should choose considering the price as well? Thanks all!

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August 5, 2010 4:06:33 AM

Hi.

What CPU and mobo do u have?

From all those the best option are the G.Skill but keep in mind that are onyl dual channel.

The Corsair 6GB kit is a little expensive for the times that has.
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August 5, 2010 6:46:10 AM

Hello
For both of the CPUs,if you are going to OC,then go with the RAMs with lowest timings,otherwise go with the cheapest option(make sure the voltage is 1.65 or lower)
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August 5, 2010 7:34:34 AM

those prices are inflated compared to newegg or tigerdirect.... are they in Canadien dollars? lol
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August 5, 2010 7:46:18 AM

Hi all,

I am located in Singapore, so the prices are in SGD. Hehe ...

i7 870 + msi p55 gd85
i7 930 + gigabyte x58a ud3r

Comments?
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August 5, 2010 8:09:43 AM

More Rams to choose from for i7 930 + gigabyte x58a ud3r

1) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB 1600 CL7 $288
2) Corsair Dominator 6gb 1600 cl8 $309
3) Team xtreem dark 6gb 1600 cl8 $275

Should i go with Team xtreem dark 6gb 1600 cl8 $275? Seems to be reasonable.
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August 5, 2010 11:43:03 AM

You didn't mention that you want to OC or not, because if you don't,then going with the cheapest option between those is good,otherwise since the price difference between CL7 and CL7 is (TeamXstrem and G.skill) isn't much,then i would recommend going with G.Skill model.
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August 5, 2010 1:22:33 PM

Hi.

1- If u want OC the rig the i7-930 + Gigabyte X58A-UD3R but if u want run the rig at stock speed without OC the i7-870 + MSI P55-GD85 is a better option.
2- I don't know how good are the Team Xtreem so I prefer the G.Skill and for only $13 more u get better performance and better quality.
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August 5, 2010 2:41:09 PM

saint19 said:
Hi.

1- If u want OC the rig the i7-930 + Gigabyte X58A-UD3R but if u want run the rig at stock speed without OC the i7-870 + MSI P55-GD85 is a better option.
2- I don't know how good are the Team Xtreem so I prefer the G.Skill and for only $13 more u get better performance and better quality.


saint19 and Maziar:
I am really new to OC. Not sure how should i do it or what config should i use. But i do want to learn how to OC for interests purpose. :lol: 

So looks like i should be getting rig the i7-930 + Gigabyte X58A-UD3R. I will heed your recommendation and use G Skill. But just wondering, why you guys don't choose Corsair? Is it because it is CL8?
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August 5, 2010 3:02:19 PM

For price performance, Corsair is one of the best manufacturers but $21 more for CL8 isn't a good deal.
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August 5, 2010 3:47:00 PM

saint19 said:
For price performance, Corsair is one of the best manufacturers but $21 more for CL8 isn't a good deal.


So in a sense i am paying more for a better brand and made worst if i can get a cl7 at a lower price.
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August 5, 2010 4:09:19 PM

Yeah, u are paying more for a better brand BUT for a high CL too and that hasn't sense. U always want a lower CL because that means better performance and lower CL means high price too.

Now, the Corsair is CL8 but cost $21 more that the G.Skill that has CL7. Corsair is a better manufacturer but pay $21 more for only get a better brand with a CL8 when the other one that is also a good manufacturer has a better CL for less price isn't a good deal.
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August 5, 2010 4:30:01 PM

All memory modules (RAM) use only four types of memory chips (Samsung, Hynix, and two others). No matter the brand, the manufacturer buys memory chips from one of these manufacturers and merely places these chips on their modules. The quality of the RAM is the memory chip, so there is truthfully no difference in the module itself except for voltage, latency, etc. And these differences only matter if you are going to overclock them. Heat spreaders are also important, but not necessary. Otherwise, by the least expensive module and save your money.
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August 5, 2010 11:36:32 PM


saint19 said:
Yeah, u are paying more for a better brand BUT for a high CL too and that hasn't sense. U always want a lower CL because that means better performance and lower CL means high price too.

Now, the Corsair is CL8 but cost $21 more that the G.Skill that has CL7. Corsair is a better manufacturer but pay $21 more for only get a better brand with a CL8 when the other one that is also a good manufacturer has a better CL for less price isn't a good deal.


Thanks for the explanation!


ahthurungnone said:
All memory modules (RAM) use only four types of memory chips (Samsung, Hynix, and two others). No matter the brand, the manufacturer buys memory chips from one of these manufacturers and merely places these chips on their modules. The quality of the RAM is the memory chip, so there is truthfully no difference in the module itself except for voltage, latency, etc. And these differences only matter if you are going to overclock them. Heat spreaders are also important, but not necessary. Otherwise, by the least expensive module and save your money.


So the higher the voltage is better? I am assuming lower voltage is better especially if you OC? So the G Skill PL above, does it have heat spreaders?
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August 6, 2010 9:31:55 AM

shaoen01 said:
saint19 and Maziar:
I am really new to OC. Not sure how should i do it or what config should i use. But i do want to learn how to OC for interests purpose. :lol: 

So looks like i should be getting rig the i7-930 + Gigabyte X58A-UD3R. I will heed your recommendation and use G Skill. But just wondering, why you guys don't choose Corsair? Is it because it is CL8?

Don't worry about learning,its quite easy :D 
As for the RAM,well for i7 930 CPU,i recommend going with the Corsair one instead of the Kingston model because it has lower timings.
However for i7 870,i recommended G.Skill ripjaw again because of having the lowest timing, however you can't go wrong with the Corsair model,dominator series usually do very well in OC'ng.
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August 6, 2010 10:12:17 AM

Maziar said:
Don't worry about learning,its quite easy :D 
As for the RAM,well for i7 930 CPU,i recommend going with the Corsair one instead of the Kingston model because it has lower timings.
However for i7 870,i recommended G.Skill ripjaw again because of having the lowest timing, however you can't go wrong with the Corsair model,dominator series usually do very well in OC'ng.


Any OC quick guide for me to look through? ;) 

1) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB 1600 CL7 $288
2) Corsair Dominator 6gb 1600 cl8 $309
3) Team xtreem dark 6gb 1600 cl8 $275

Shouldn't i go with G Skill considering it is a CL7, whereas Corsair dominator is a CL8?

Btw, some of the RAMs have fans. Is it similar to heat spreaders?
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August 6, 2010 2:04:24 PM

Low voltage is better more if u keep in mind that high voltage can damage the CPU RAM controller.

The recommended for DDR3 is 1.65V or less

Now Maziar and me recommended the G.Skill for better price/performance.

The RAM's fan that u are talking about comes with the Corsair Dominator series for better cooling but this is a waste of money since the heat spreaders do all the job.
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August 6, 2010 4:50:52 PM

shaoen01 said:
Any OC quick guide for me to look through? ;) 

1) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB 1600 CL7 $288
2) Corsair Dominator 6gb 1600 cl8 $309
3) Team xtreem dark 6gb 1600 cl8 $275

Shouldn't i go with G Skill considering it is a CL7, whereas Corsair dominator is a CL8?

Btw, some of the RAMs have fans. Is it similar to heat spreaders?

Here is a good guide
http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overclocking/22106-core-...
Go with the G.Skill one(like i mentioned),it has lower voltage and its cheaper too.
And yes the fans will work pretty much like heat spreaders.
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August 6, 2010 11:03:15 PM

Thank you everyone for answering my questions!
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August 6, 2010 11:03:31 PM

Best answer selected by shaoen01.
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