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Best RAM for i7-950/gigabyte mobo - $130 - $200

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September 29, 2010 9:15:54 PM


Hello Toms Hardware!

I need to get RAM hardware for the following setup:

CPU: Intel i7-950

MOBO: Gigabyte x58A-UD3R Intel X58

OVERCLOCKING: Not immediately, however will consider it in the near future.

I am looking for DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) and have no preference on 1066/1333/1600 MHz. My budget is $130-$200. The following components have seemed to generate positive reviews from Toms Hardware and newegg:

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $180 @ newegg

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $155 @ newegg

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $130 @ newegg

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $150 @ newegg

Also I have gone to the spec sheets for Intel and Gigabyte and Intels site claims the i7-950 CPU supports DDR3 800/1066 MHz. Gigabyte supports DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules.

Does this mean if I purchase a memory setup that is greater than 1066 speed then will the intel cpu "downgrade" or "underclock" (probably using terrible terminology, sorry noob) it to 1066. Also if I were to purchase a 1600 MHz would the mobo underclock the module to 1333 or 1066 as well.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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September 29, 2010 11:37:17 PM

1) I would switch your motherboard to the ASUS P6X58D-E (better board... IMO)
2) I would go with the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB set over the other sets listed... IMO
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September 30, 2010 12:27:20 AM

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