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December 26, 2010 3:12:58 PM

I have this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I have 4 GB of this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was thinking about buying 4GB of RAM. I was going to just buy the same type for compatibility, didn't want to have any problems, but there are a lot of similar types of that corsair RAM. Which should I buy, the same one mentioned above or one of these two, or even a different type of RAM that you suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, why are those two products up to twice as expensive as the one that I currently have?

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December 26, 2010 5:33:38 PM

(1) First off one price diff - simple, you pay more for Higher performance ram CL7 being the best in the 1600 ddr3 of the ones you linked. Also the Lower CL rated ram is in more demand which means they can get a higher premium for it.

(2) If you pair ram with different specs, -!A) more likely to have a compatability issue and (B) You end up with the LOWEST common denominator, that is if you pair CL 9 with CL 7 - the CL7 will run at CLl 9.

Bottom line is that if you want to go to 8 GIGs and want to use your 4 gigs, then don't waste money on the higher performance ram. If you want performance and 8 gigs, then bite the bullet and fork over 300 bucks for Ripjaw DDR3-1600, CL 8 @ 1.60 Volts (CL 7 version is approx $360). I noticed that the Ripjaws are now CL7,8,7 - They were CL7,7,7)

My prefernce is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR3-1600 at CL7 or CL8 (I do not buy CL9 DDR3). Both of these run at 1.60 V vs the 1.65 V in your referenced links. Not Much (0.05V) but I also always buy the lower voltage if the other ratings are the same.
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December 26, 2010 5:45:43 PM

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December 26, 2010 5:46:24 PM

RetiredChief said:
(1) First off one price diff - simple, you pay more for Higher performance ram CL7 being the best in the 1600 ddr3 of the ones you linked. Also the Lower CL rated ram is in more demand which means they can get a higher premium for it.

(2) If you pair ram with different specs, -!A) more likely to have a compatability issue and (B) You end up with the LOWEST common denominator, that is if you pair CL 9 with CL 7 - the CL7 will run at CLl 9.

Bottom line is that if you want to go to 8 GIGs and want to use your 4 gigs, then don't waste money on the higher performance ram. If you want performance and 8 gigs, then bite the bullet and fork over 300 bucks for Ripjaw DDR3-1600, CL 8 @ 1.60 Volts (CL 7 version is approx $360). I noticed that the Ripjaws are now CL7,8,7 - They were CL7,7,7)

My prefernce is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR3-1600 at CL7 or CL8 (I do not buy CL9 DDR3). Both of these run at 1.60 V vs the 1.65 V in your referenced links. Not Much (0.05V) but I also always buy the lower voltage if the other ratings are the same.


Thanks for your response, I think I'll be going with the $40 kind that I previously purchased. They were $110 at the time of purchase :fou: 
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