Which RAM Should I Get


I'm decided to build a new rig, and it is going to have 12 GB Of RAM in it, but I'm not sure which RAM I'm going to choose, so i was wondering if you guys could help me?

The first RAM is Trichannel (I Think), and is 1600Mhz and is G Skill:

The second RAM is 2000Mhz and thats all i know about it:

Bare in mind that my chipset, which is a RAMPAGE III Extreme, Has to support the 12 GB of RAM.

Thanks Heaps Guys,

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  1. Hi xXCozterXx and welcome to Tom's forum.

    1- Why do u need 12GB?
    2- What CPU do u have?

    Those kits are dual-channel kits that can works in the Rampage III Extreme but u don't get the best performance of the i7-9xx series and X58 chipset.
  2. Hey,

    I want the 12GB Of RAM for maximum performance and gaming,
    And the CPU Is a 980X Extreme 3.33Ghz


  3. :lol: 12GB are only useful when u work with many Adobe or Autocad applications at the same time.

    For ur rig and games performance a good kit 3x2GB with CL6 or CL7 @ 1600MHz is enough. The games performance depends mostly of the CPU and GPU.
  4. I will also be doing 3D Rendering, But what did you mean by "u don't get the best performance of the i7-9xx series and X58 chipset"?
  5. Both kits G.Skill and Kingston that u selected as options are dual-channel kits and not tri-channel that's what I mean with "the best performance" since with dual channel kit u are limiting the mobo and CPU a little.

    If u want a good RAM go with this: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Mushkin-Redline-6GB-DDR3-Kit-1600Mhz-CL6-3x-2GB-240pin-/300451690517?pt=AU_Components&hash=item45f450f815#ht_5435wt_1137
  6. @xXCozterXx... I won't waste your money on the i7-980X at this point in time, with the Sandy Bridge around the corner. It will be similar in performance a 1/2 to 1/3 the cost. You could save money now, go with the i7-950 (little or no difference gaming... http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=142 ). With the savings, you could get a better GPU, add a SSD (if not added) or save it for the new release and upgrade at that point.... Just my suggestions

    Also, you want triple-channel memory (sets of 3) for an X58 motherboard. It is the better method to go with versus buying enough 2X2GB sets.
  7. Thank you guys very much,

    You've been heaps of help, i might just get one of those kits saint19 suggested......
    I think that i just might stick with my processor though, Because I'm planning on overclocking....
  8. Holly C*%p - that mug! {Texas Chain Saw Massacre} Funny!

    NONE of the (2) links RAM will work "correctly" you want either Tri or Hexa Channel kits.

    Certified ASUS {Memory Support List} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188016

    Tested Corsair - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1493037
    Tested Kingston - http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/modelsinfo.asp?SysID=62934&mfr=ASUS/ASmobile&model=Rampage+III+Extreme+Motherboard&search_type=&root=us&LinkBack=http://www.kingston.com&Sys=62934-ASUS/ASmobile-Rampage+III+Extreme+Motherboard&distributor=0&submit1=Search

    My favorites:
    3X2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224&Tpk=TR3X6G1600C8D
    3X4GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145321

    Tri Channel is more efficient than Hexa Channel.

    edit: For the "most part" I would agree with the i7950 vs i7980X, but your MOBO is an extreme MOBO and running 3/4 Way SLI + OC the i7950 petters out and is very difficult to keep stable with 4.4 or 4.6+GHz OC. I swapped-out my i7 980X and tested i7 930 in my gaming rig {4-WAY SLI Classified XL + 3-WAY GTX 470} and there was no comparison. The i7950 only adds 2 clock and otherwise it's the same as a i7930 {OC + thermal behavior}. Whereas the i7980X is unlocked an is much better for high OC + lower thermal behavior. Keep in mind I'm using all water Koolance {CPU + SLI}.
  9. WOW....... i think that 3x2GB Is the way to go, its also quite cheap compared to others.... and its 12GB.....

    So my RAMPAGE III Extreme will support that?
  10. Read my edit i7 950
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