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November 10, 2010 1:04:03 PM

Hello,
I'm a bit new to this so apologies in advance if I come off a bit silly.
I'm about to buy an ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 to couple with an AMD x4 955 Phenom. I need some RAM to go with it. I understand that the higher the speed the better however, I'm unsure of what difference the CL timings make.
Here are 2 of my alternatives:
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/G.Sk...
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/OCZ+...
Would you advise me please?
Thanks

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November 10, 2010 1:08:20 PM

I'd go fot the OCZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
but make sure it is CAS LATENCY.
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November 10, 2010 4:52:05 PM

The OCZ is faster overall with higher frequency and slightly tighter timings. I personally prefer G.Skill as a memory company to OCZ, but that's personal preference.
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a c 111 V Motherboard
November 10, 2010 9:18:29 PM

In general, tighter (lower) timings are the better choice. The reason for this is that in a hefty majority of the build usage, RAM frequencies rarely (if at all) make a difference. The same rule applies to density (amount of GB). Memory intensive applications, such as photo editors, will benefit the most from higher densities (6+ GB).

To get a better understanding of timing vs. frequency, consider this article from Tom's:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tight-timings-high-...

Note: This article is old and the arcitechture discussed is also old, but the points that are made can and will apply; even with today's RAM.
a c 207 Ĉ ASUS
a c 717 V Motherboard
November 10, 2010 10:17:41 PM

Unless the RAM is: 1. Certified {QVL}, 2. Tested, or 3. Verified via RAM Mfg support site then do NOT buy it. I cannot verify the RAM you selected.

My preferences in order: Corsair, G.SKILL, Mushkin, Kingston and for budget RAM Crucial. I don't particularly like OCZ RAM.

Your Shopping website is 'fun' but I found the Corsair the I KNOW will work {TW3X4G1333C9A}, it's not my #1 choice but it is fast and Tested.

ASUS QVL {Memory Support List tab} http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=eCWbkolMf0DOW0IV
Corsair Tested RAM - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...
G.SKILL Tested RAM {>1600 is for the 6-core} - http://gskill.com/configurator2.php?pid=2&model=1341

Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10600C9 1333Mhz Dual Channel Kit - TW3X4G1333C9A
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3+D...(2x2GB)+DDR3+PC3-10600C9+1333Mhz+Dual+Channel+Kit+-++TW3X4G1333C9A+?productId=37150

QVL:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)

Is there another site that you can order from?
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