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November 3, 2010 10:46:08 PM

I'm plannig to build a new system, most likely on a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 with an i7-950. This system will mainly be for gaming. I do not plan to overclock this system.
While researching memory I found two similar models that I like. I'm thinking that the CL 7 sticks would be the best, but the CL 8 memory has more reviews and awards. I wanted to ask the experts (you guys) just to be certain which would be best.

Here are the memory modules (linked to NewEgg):
CMP6GX3M3A1600C7
TR3X6G1600C8D

In advance, thank you for your time and help!

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a b K Overclocking
November 3, 2010 10:54:38 PM

I would go with the Cas7 model for two reasons; 1) Better timings and 2) Cheaper in price.
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November 4, 2010 12:26:50 AM

The G.SKILL PI Series is my most recommended brand/set for the X58 motherboard. It is a good option, as well.
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November 4, 2010 1:04:54 AM

I did notice that G.Skill received good reviews during my earlier research. I'll have to give them a second look.

Thank you!
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a c 183 K Overclocking
November 4, 2010 1:38:42 AM

Something to consider when selecting ram is height and cooler compatibility.
If you don't plan to add more ram in the future then high profile ram is fine.
I would go with the Pi's.
Otherwise these low profile kits 40mm Muskins,33mm Corsair are good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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November 6, 2010 3:47:30 PM

I have another lingering question about the memory and motherboard. I am looking at the Memory Standard of the MB and it states that the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 is "DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800." When I look at the memory in the links above, they are all 1600 (which is not listed on the MB). Am I better off getting the ASUS P6X58D Premium that has a Memory Standard of "DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066" and includes the 1600 that matches the memory?

Thank you all again for your answers on the memory. All were helpful.
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a c 183 K Overclocking
November 7, 2010 12:23:47 PM

1600Mhz will work fine in the Gigabyte board it supports up to 2200.
They make 1800Mhz ram which is supported on both boards btw.
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a b K Overclocking
November 7, 2010 12:28:26 PM

^+1...

Also, If you don't plan on running more than two GPU's, I would look at either the ASUS P6X58D-E or ASUS Sabertooth X58. They will provide you similar performance of the UD5 or Premium at a lower cost.
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November 7, 2010 1:39:54 PM

You can OC the {TR3X6G1600C8D} very well and it is unbeatable in the 1600 and easily OC's + rock stable to 1800 MHz {see graphs}.

$180 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 TR3X6G1600C8D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$180 In-stock @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-TR3X6G1600C8D-Dominator-P...

Comparison Module #1: Mushkin Redline 996805 6-8-6-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #2: G.Skill Pi Series 7-8-7-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #3: Mushkin 998687 8-9-8-24 1866MHz
Comparison Module #4: Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 8-8-8-24 1600MHz
Comparison Module #5: Kingston HyperX T1 9-9-9-27 1600MHz
Comparison Module #6: Mushkin Blackline 998677B 7-7-7-20 1333MHz
Comparison Module #7: Patriot Viper II Sector 7 9-9-9-27 1800MHz

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November 7, 2010 10:35:16 PM

Again, thank you all for your replies. You have been extremely helpful. Without your help I'd be in the dark about these things and finding out the hard way when I put my system together. Your graphs and links have all added to my understanding of memory and what my system can use.

I had used Asus boards for years until one was a pain in the rear (PITA?). I believe it had a nVidia chipset. I swapped it out for a Gigabyte that has worked fine and I wanted to reward that company with continued support. But I am probably going back to Asus after reading your comments and other online reviews. I'll give Asus another try. I do remember how easy it was to set up their MOBOs in the past. The Premium is about $20 more than the P6X58D-E after the Newegg price drop, rebate and free shipping are added up. I'll be pulling the trigger on that board unless I see something to dissuade me in the next 24 hours.

Now I am torn between 6 GBs of memory or 12 GBs? Will those Pi GSkills/Corsairs overheat with no RAM-fan if I have 6 2 GB sticks in my case?

Thanks again for your help!

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November 8, 2010 9:25:45 AM

The Corsairs are the least problematic and perform extremely well. As far as a fan, unless you are pushing a 1600 rated -> 1800+ running hard for hours then the fan is not needed. The GT series comes with a fan.
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November 9, 2010 11:35:32 PM

I went with the PI's for a change of pace. Thank you all again for your help!
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November 9, 2010 11:39:19 PM

Best answer selected by bisquik.
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November 10, 2010 12:13:42 PM

This topic has been closed by Maziar
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