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What is the best overclocking DDR2 memory and 800MHz vs 1066MHz

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September 4, 2010 3:17:56 PM

I have an ASUS Rampage Formula motherboard matched with an Intel Q6600 processor and plenty of cooling. I can create a beast of a system already. Now, to complete this bad boy, I need memory. I am looking for the best out there. I currently just have a basic 2GB Crucial DDR2-800 PC6400 DIMM in it just so it will work. Unfortunately, the Rampage Formula does not support DDR3. I ordered a 2x2GB DDR2-800 Crucial Ballistix kit and it will be here in 3 days. I did not read all of the reviews on Newegg.com before I ordered. Almost 85% of the reviews are really bad. Mostly everybody said that the DIMMs crapped out after 3-6 months, many BSODs, and multiple RMAs. I have already contacted Newegg and told them that I am going to refuse the delivery and get that RAM back to them ASAP. I am not looking for extreme overclocking but I am definitely going to bump up some settings for increased performance and I have heard that with this MOBO and processor, I can do some interesting things. So here are my questions. If I stay with DDR2-800, what is the toughest out there. I am thinking Transcend, G.Skill, or OCZ. I am possibly thinking about going with DDR2-1066 PC8500 instead. If I do that, I will have to lose the DDR2-800, or will I? Can I run 2x2GB of 1066 MHz in 2 DIMMs and keep the 2 GB 800 MHz in one of the other 2 DIMMs? Will going with 4GB of 1066MHz without the 2GB of 800MHz be faster? At this point, I think I am just going to get 4GB of some really good DDR2-800 for the first 2 DIMMs and get a match for the 2GB basic crucial for the other 2 DIMMs. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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September 4, 2010 6:01:02 PM

Hi asheville67 and welcome to THG.

1- U won't see any difference between PC2-6400 and PC2-8500 so don't waste ur moeny in the 8500 RAM get 6400 that is enough and can be OC.
2- Do u want change Crucial for Trascend? :lol:  Crucial and Corsair are the only manufacturers that use micron chips that are the best for RAM and other components if u really want change the crucial for something good get Corsair or buy a different Crucial reference.
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September 4, 2010 11:33:31 PM

Thanks for the reply. I was steering towards the G.Skill Tridents. I had never heard that some memory manufacturers use Micron D9 chips and some do not. I found this interesting. This is a list of the manufacturers that do use those chips:

http://forum.overclock3d.net/index.php?showtopic=5854
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September 4, 2010 11:43:07 PM

Bro that article is from 2006 when DDR3 was a dream and DDR2 was the best option for performance.
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September 5, 2010 12:25:59 AM

Whoops. Missed the date displayed clearly on the top of the page. Sorry about that.
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September 5, 2010 11:25:40 PM

Best answer selected by asheville67.
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