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6 x 2gb or 3 x 4gb?

I am getting ready to order the last few parts for my new build and I am having trouble deciding on which memory to get.

Should I order two sets of this:
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C6LV6GK

Or one of this:
Patriot Viper Xtreme 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PX7312G1600LLK

The price difference is not really a big deal. I am more looking for the performance. If you have a better recommendation of what I should get please let me know.

As for what I will be doing, plenty of gaming, 3D modeling, and most of what Adobe CS4 has to offer.
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  1. It's always better to use fewer sticks on the motherboard. It will use less power and the latency will be a little better.
  2. Tri Channel is more efficient vs Hexa Channel, but only noticeable via a bench {switching lag: Channel A -> Channel B -> Channel A -> Channel B etc}.

    I would not recommend Patriot memory; frequent visitor and rarely plays well with other RAM when mixed.

    My recommendations in order: Corsair, G.SKILL, Mushkin, Kingston, and Crucial -> value RAM. Most importantly, either use Certified {QVL} RAM from MOBO Mfg, Tested RAM via RAM Mfg's website, and/or Approved via RAM Mfg support request. Simply input your MOBO model and look-up COMPATIBLE RAM -> Always verify. In addition, I would look at 1600 MHz with CAS 8 or 9; 8-8-8-{24} or 9-9-9-9-{24} the consistency is the prime indicator of good IC's.

    If you post your MOBO model then I'll post a few recommendations.
  3. jaquith said:
    Tri Channel is more efficient vs Hexa Channel, but only noticeable via a bench {switching lag: Channel A -> Channel B -> Channel A -> Channel B etc}.

    I would not recommend Patriot memory; frequent visitor and rarely plays well with other RAM when mixed.

    My recommendations in order: Corsair, G.SKILL, Mushkin, Kingston, and Crucial -> value RAM. Most importantly, either use Certified {QVL} RAM from MOBO Mfg, Tested RAM via RAM Mfg's website, and/or Approved via RAM Mfg support request. Simply input your MOBO model and look-up COMPATIBLE RAM -> Always verify. In addition, I would look at 1600 MHz with CAS 8 or 9; 8-8-8-{24} or 9-9-9-9-{24} the consistency is the prime indicator of good IC's.

    If you post your MOBO model then I'll post a few recommendations.

    I am using the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R.
  4. Do you 'have' that MOBO already??

    GA-X58A-UD3R:
    Corsair Tested - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1362102

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) with Air Fan CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145329

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
  5. jaquith said:
    Do you 'have' that MOBO already??

    GA-X58A-UD3R:
    Corsair Tested - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1362102

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) with Air Fan CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145329

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

    I already have the motherboard as I have been ordering the parts that I decided on last month as they have gone on sale through out this month on Newegg. Is the board I ordered not a good one? It was recommended here on TH.

    Thank you for the recommendations. I know I would rather go with 12gb over 6gb. What is your reasoning for recommending the DDR3 2000 memory over some 1600 or 1333? That one cost quite a bit more than what I was looking at getting. Would it really give me that much improvement in my system?
  6. I KNOW the CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 works, and I THINK the CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 works with the GA-X58A-UD3R. Do you want someone who guesses or knows to help you?

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145321

    I rely on (3) methods:
    1. Certified {QVL} MOBO RAM - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3449#memory%20support%20list
    2. Tested RAM Mfg - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1362102
    3. Approve by RAM Mfg via Ticket - http://www.corsair.com/helpdesk/default.aspx

    Google { X58A-UD3R +SSD +BSOD }
    My fun -> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276715-30-x58a-ud3r-raid-bsod-disk-boot-failure
  7. TH Articles examples:
    SSD SATA3 Tests - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,2705.html
    Where's the SATA3 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,2705-13.html

    GA-X58A-UD3R vs P6X58D-E http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-gbps,2614-15.html
    {Interesting that the P6X58D-E lost over an eSATA considering it has almost twice the power to the CPU and beat most of the X58} I too read the article and duh me...
  8. jaquith said:
    TH Articles examples:
    SSD SATA3 Tests - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,2705.html
    Where's the SATA3 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,2705-13.html

    GA-X58A-UD3R vs P6X58D-E http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-gbps,2614-15.html
    {Interesting that the P6X58D-E lost over an eSATA considering it has almost twice the power to the CPU and beat most of the X58} I too read the article and duh me...

    The board I got sent is a Rev. 1, if that makes any difference. Do you think I would be better off returning what I got and getting something else? If so, what would you recommend? I just got this one yesterday from Amazon so it is still possible to return it. What I would like from a motherboard is eSATA, SATA 6gb/s, and the ability to run at least two cards in SLI at 16x. When it is running SLI I do also need it to have at least one open PCIE slot and if it doesn't have on board audio with optical out then I will need two open PCIE. I have also been contemplating getting a SSD, but the price is still holding me back. I also don't plan on doing any raid setup an the near future, but I don't really know much about it so having the option to may be a good idea.

    I have already purchased a few other parts:
    Intel Core i7-950
    Antec 1200 Case
    Antec CP-1000 PSU
    EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580
  9. You got screwed if Amazon sent you the much older UD3R {rev 1}. I recommend as the better substitute the ASUS P6X58D-E I have 9 in the office all running flawlessly. SSD + RAID w/i7 930's. IF you need the eSATA then the ASUS Rampage III Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666 if the eSATA is worth +$60, and clearly the ASUS Rampage III Formula has several more features.

    But with the GTX 580 'I' assume Gaming is top on your list so I would recommend the EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065

    The UD3R + GTX 580 = way out of balance.

    With UD3R + GTX 580 + SSD + RAID = Disaster! RETURN/EXCHANGE THE UD3R!!!
  10. jaquith said:
    You got screwed if Amazon sent you the much older UD3R {rev 1}. I recommend as the better substitute the ASUS P6X58D-E I have 9 in the office all running flawlessly. SSD + RAID w/i7 930's. IF you need the eSATA then the ASUS Rampage III Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666 if the eSATA is worth +$60, and clearly the ASUS Rampage III Formula has several more features.

    But with the GTX 580 'I' assume Gaming is top on your list so I would recommend the EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065

    The UD3R + GTX 580 = way out of balance.

    With UD3R + GTX 580 + SSD + RAID = Disaster! RETURN/EXCHANGE THE UD3R!!!

    Thanks for all of the info.

    You are right, I do plan to do a lot of gaming with this build, the other stuff is for school. I have some more questions though.

    Will the EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR be that much different for me over the ASUS P6X58D-E? The EVGA board will have the PCIE x1 slot blocked when I put in an SLI setup and that is not good. If there is going to be that big of a difference will I also see it with the ASUS Rampage III Formula (this is what I was originally looking to get before I did some research on TH)?

    Then there is the question of the memory again with this new board.
  11. As stated, "But with the GTX 580 'I' assume Gaming is top on your list so I would recommend..." and GAMING I only use EVGA - period.

    RE: "PCIE x1 slot blocked when I put in an SLI setup and that is not good" -> what's the plan for it? I water block all by GPUs so it's not a problem then...if you need a sound card. Otherwise go the ASUS Rampage III Formula route.

    EVGA 3 (x16, x8/x16, x8) -> 1 = x16; 2 = x16 + x8; 3 = x8 + x8 + x8.
  12. I need the PCIE slot that would be blocked for my wireless card. Also wouldn't it be better to have a board that would run dual SLI at x16/x16 rather then x16/x8?
  13. The GTX won't saturate x8, and I stated the ASUS Rampage III Formula x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8, and I would replace the wireless with Powerline solution.
  14. While the Powerline solution looks like a great option, it is just a bit too spendy to redo my entire house that way. It is something for me to think about in the future though.

    I think the ASUS Rampage III Formula will be my best option for my build.

    So now my same question arises as to what memory to get. Going with a completely different motherboard should change my best options there, right?

    What would you recommend for the ASUS Rampage III Formula as far as 12gb kits go?
  15. Best answer
    Corsair Tested {big list choose Dominator or Dominator GT 1600-> 2000 MHz}- http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1493037

    The selection is more about your budget. CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145321
  16. Thank you very much. Your input has been very helpful.
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