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Intel i7 860 memory?

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May 30, 2010 11:13:40 AM

Hi guys!
After doing about two weaks worth of research ive decided to buy an Intel i7 860 2.8 ghz with my new system build (most suited for me). I just have one problem:

Everywhere there is forum threads about these CPUs and their performance but i cant seem to find info about which memory to get with it...
The i7 860 is (from what ive read) not running tripple channel memory but rather the dual channel, still everyones talking about buying 2000 mhz tripple channel DDR3...
On intels webpage for the i7 860 ( ) it says i should use DDR3-1066/1333...

Lets not make a lifestory out of this:p  :

Should i go with:

1) Dual channel DDR2 low CL 800mhz (the i7 runs at 1333)
2) Single channel DDR3 medium CL 1333mhz (Found it cheap and im a cheap bastard)
3) Tripple channel DDR3 high CL 1333mhz (Plz dont choose number 3 xD)
4) Dual channel DDR3 high CL 1333mhz (expensive...)

And just to add to the questions, is 1333mhz the ultimate freq even if overclocking the CPU?

Thanks guys!

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a b } Memory
May 30, 2010 11:17:28 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
First of all,you can't use a DDR2 RAM with i7 860,because i7 860 uses chipset P55,which only supports DDR3 RAM.
a 1333Mhz RAM(Like 2x2GB)with a timing like CL7/8 would be pretty good for OC'ng,brands like Corsair,Geil,G.skill,OCZ,Crucial... are good
May 30, 2010 11:32:57 AM

Thank you Maziar!
That answers alot of the questions i had!

Now its just these darn channels... Will i bottleneck my system by going single channel (probable) and will i gain from tripple even if the i7 860 isnt built for it?
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a b } Memory
May 30, 2010 1:52:09 PM

No i don't think it will bottleneck,and you can go with tripple channel RAMs just make sure the voltage is 1.65 or lower
May 30, 2010 2:50:31 PM

Okay thx alot! Ill be shopping in no time!
a b } Memory
May 30, 2010 4:32:05 PM

You are welcome :)