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November 15, 2010 3:54:17 AM

Hi,

I am finishing a new build and I am wondering about 2 potential memory options. (Please excuse me, I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to memory except for the basics... lower timings, better, lower voltage, better). The G.Skills was recommended to me. However, I am not completely sure if the G.Skills is compatible with my Noctura NH-D14 Cooler. So I found the Mushkin memory noted below which I know is compatible with the cooler. Will I see a significant performance difference between the two products listed below? I'm not sure what kind of difference those voltages and timings will make. Also, is the Mushkin compatible with the rest of my setup? Thanks!

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Timings: 7-8-7-24
Voltage 1.35V
Price: $93

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Timings: 7-9-7-24
Voltage: 1.65V
Price: $80

My Setup:
Case: HAF 912 (One 200mm CM fan in the front for intake, one 120mm on top and on 120mm on back
MOBO: P7P55D-E Pro
CPU: i5 760
GPU: x2 GTX 460 1gb EE Superclocked
PSU: Corsair 850W
RAM: ?
Cooler: Noctura NH-D14
HDD: Spinpoint F3 1T

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a b } Memory
November 15, 2010 4:32:15 AM

Of the two choices you gave, the Mushkin is the one to buy. "Identical" performance, lower price, (both) quality manufacturer.
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a c 150 } Memory
November 15, 2010 4:52:05 AM

The Eco might run a bit cooler being lower voltage but Twoboxer is right....both are quality and are identical in performance so go with the cheaper one.
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a b } Memory
November 15, 2010 7:12:38 AM

The Eco is meant for running cooler. But i didnt understand your statement of GSkill's not being compatible with the DH14?? However the RAM's which you mention, the Mushkin is a good one. The GSkill's being a great brand are slowly becoming Corsair, i feel. They are making their RAM's a bit overpriced these days.
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November 15, 2010 3:37:32 PM

Love the Ripjaw line. Performance wise - NO diff.
For the $13 diff, I like the MUCH lower voltage.

Have the 1.60 Volt ripjaws. Had the 2 x 2 for about a year. But I think they discontinued it (replaced it with CL 6 @ 1.60V) Bought a second set (had 1.65 V on label - BUT profile came up as 1.60 and works great at 1.60 V)

Muchkin, just as good quality, but I did have a compatability problem with some I bought, so have shyed away from.
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a c 347 } Memory
November 15, 2010 4:31:29 PM

I do not like the NH-D14 it poorly designed {too cheap to add +1CM of pipes} and causes more {a lot} more problems than it's 1C~2C advantage offers. That said, I would NEVER have a lawnmower looking CPU fan deter me from getting great vs 'accommodating' components; priorities! The P7P55D-E Pro has the room for decent RAM; see chart.

NH-D14 Compatibility Chart http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&pr...

Instead I would recommend the H70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also, if I wanted the H70 to cool more and be quieter that either stock configs; add (2) Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E.

Corsair - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...
CMP4GX3M2A1600C8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
{if required the top fins are removable, but 'I' would Dremel-off any fins from the NH-D14 before touching my RAM.

Disparity of CAS = Slower RAM; Fasr RAM: 1. IC used in mfg, 2. CAS tightness, 3. Speed, 4. Heatsinks <- ALL make for great RAM; ignore the 'CAS 7' rating {see RAM comparison below}:
7-8-7-24
7-9-7-24
versus:
8-8-8-24 {tight CAS}

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


H70 vs NH-D14


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November 15, 2010 7:02:21 PM

Thanks for all the info everyone! If there is not a substantial difference in performance, I'll likely go with the higher voltage Mushkin for $13 cheaper. However, Noctura did get back to me letting me know the G.Skill ECO series is compatible with the Noctura Cooler...

@Jaquith - I greatly appreciate the info, but I'll be sticking with the Noctura. I already ordered it, last week... :(  Also, I am not sure the performance difference is worth the Corsair cooler's price tag. I was able to get the Noctura for $70 + no shipping, as opposed to the Corsair, $110 + 8 shipping.

Also, the nice thing about Noctura is their free extended warranty (6 years) and they send you a free converter for new sockets, which will be nice with the socket changes coming from Intel. Ex.1156 -> 1155.
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November 25, 2010 4:07:17 AM

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November 25, 2010 12:29:32 PM

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