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November 16, 2010 7:53:48 AM

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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a b } Memory
November 16, 2010 10:55:54 AM

It's always better to use fewer sticks on the motherboard. It will use less power and the latency will be a little better.
a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 12:23:51 PM

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.
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November 16, 2010 6:23:45 PM

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.
November 16, 2010 6:59:23 PM

jaquith said:
Do you 'have' that MOBO already??

GA-X58A-UD3R:
Corsair Tested - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) with Air Fan CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?
a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 7:14:04 PM

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=N82E168...

I rely on (3) methods:
1. Certified {QVL} MOBO RAM - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
2. Tested RAM Mfg - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...
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-r...
November 16, 2010 7:54:24 PM

jaquith said:
TH Articles examples:
SSD SATA3 Tests - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,...
Where's the SATA3 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-ssd-trim,...

GA-X58A-UD3R vs P6X58D-E http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-...
{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
a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 8:30:19 PM

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=N82E168... 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=N82E168...

The UD3R + GTX 580 = way out of balance.

With UD3R + GTX 580 + SSD + RAID = Disaster! RETURN/EXCHANGE THE UD3R!!!
November 16, 2010 9:16:18 PM

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=N82E168... 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=N82E168...

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.
a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 9:53:32 PM

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.
November 16, 2010 10:35:54 PM

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?
a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 10:52:30 PM

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.
November 16, 2010 11:12:02 PM

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?

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a c 347 } Memory
November 16, 2010 11:38:23 PM
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Corsair Tested {big list choose Dominator or Dominator GT 1600-> 2000 MHz}- http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...

The selection is more about your budget. CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


November 16, 2010 11:46:06 PM

Thank you very much. Your input has been very helpful.
November 16, 2010 11:53:50 PM

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November 17, 2010 5:23:32 AM

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