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October 7, 2010 2:28:50 PM

Hey,

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:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/G-Skill-2x-2GB-4GB-Trident-DDR3-...

The second RAM is 2000Mhz and thats all i know about it:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Kingston-4GB-Kit-HyperX-T1-2000M...

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


Thanks Heaps Guys,

xXCozterXx

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October 7, 2010 3:49:57 PM

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.
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October 7, 2010 4:06:47 PM

Hey,

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

Cheers,

xXCozterXx
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October 7, 2010 4:12:00 PM

: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.
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October 7, 2010 4:14:26 PM

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"?
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October 7, 2010 4:20:06 PM

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-160...
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October 7, 2010 4:20:09 PM

@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.

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October 7, 2010 4:28:22 PM

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....
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October 7, 2010 4:33:40 PM

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=N82E168...

Tested Corsair - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...
Tested Kingston - http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/models...

My favorites:
3X2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3X4GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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}.
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October 7, 2010 4:41:07 PM

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?
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October 7, 2010 4:51:01 PM

Read my edit i7 950
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