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January 16, 2011 5:39:39 PM

Hi,

I am in the process of choosing RAM for a new build, what do you think of this RAM, apparently is for Sandybridge as is new from Kingston. It seems very cheap but I am inclined towards it as IT IS Kingston and they are reputable.


Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX XMP Kit for Sandybridge CL9(9-9-9-27) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253155

It would go with the following;
i5-2400

and this motherboard
Asus P8H67-M LE H67 Socket 1155 DVI HDMI Out USB 3.0 MATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/252613

Not really a frequent gamer and will not include a GPU yet, maybe in a few months when funds allow.


Your advice eagerly anticipated :) 
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January 16, 2011 6:02:12 PM

See if any kingston 1600 is listed on asus website under the QVL memory download. The kingston may post at 1333; 1600 speed may be only when you are overclocking the cpu. Depends on your motherboard memory ratios. You may run it at 1333 or 1600; you may also download the board manual before ordering and check the bios settings for ram. My msi h55 board required me to use some manual settings and overclock the cpu by about twenty percent to run the ram at 1600. No voltage increase was necessary to get it stable. Your mileage may vary.
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January 16, 2011 6:16:35 PM

o1die said:
See if any kingston 1600 is listed on asus website under the QVL memory download. The kingston may post at 1333; 1600 speed may be only when you are overclocking the cpu. Depends on your motherboard memory ratios. You may run it at 1333 or 1600; you may also download the board manual before ordering and check the bios settings for ram. My msi h55 board required me to use some manual settings and overclock the cpu by about twenty percent to run the ram at 1600. No voltage increase was necessary to get it stable. Your mileage may vary.



Hi,

Thank you for the very quick reply.

I understand the RAM might post to 1333 like you mention, I am ok with that and I would not overclock it to reach 1600.

What would happen to the timings and latency? Could they possibly become unstable?
So this would make the RAM the same as 1333mhz RAM?

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January 16, 2011 7:17:39 PM

Let the board choose the timings for stability if 1333 is ok with you. But asus has some pretty good bios adjustments; you may be able to set it at 1600 with a simple bios change. I had to play with my bios settings to get my old ram to run with the faster stuff at 1600, but it worked. Just locate the cmos jumper before changing the bios. You always use it with the system turned off, leaving two of the three jumpers covered when moving it to reset the bios and returning it to it's original position before turning the system on. This is only necessary if you can't get the board to post after a bios change. My Msi board will reboot after about 30 seconds if a bios change causes a problem and tell you that an overclock setting failed.
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January 16, 2011 8:56:20 PM

From what I have been told by my dealer, the big issue with RAM and Sandy Bridge stuff is the RAM voltage. My dealer says they have had lots of trouble with RAM needing 1.65v and no issues with RAM running at 1.5v. Intel says use 1.5v and mobo makers say 1.65v is fine. That leaves Kingston ValueRam, Corsair Vengence and some G. Skill. There may be others but look close at the voltage rating. 9-9-9-24 is good. Check the QVL (Qualified Vendors List) with your mobo for tested and approved product before you buy.
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January 16, 2011 11:17:19 PM

Is 7-8-7-24 good for RAM?
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January 16, 2011 11:35:21 PM

Yes. I use 9-9-9-24 which is standard for most ddr3 sticks.
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January 17, 2011 6:10:06 PM

Thank you for the replies.

The Kingston RAM on the opening post is 9-9-9-27, what is the real word speed difference to 9-9-9-24?

On BIOS, can I change from 1.65 to 1.5 just to be on the safe side? What would happen to the timings and reliability?

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January 18, 2011 6:34:55 PM

Thanks for the help o1die and Eagle Eye_54.

o1die said:
Let the board choose the timings for stability if 1333 is ok with you. But asus has some pretty good bios adjustments; you may be able to set it at 1600 with a simple bios change. I had to play with my bios settings to get my old ram to run with the faster stuff at 1600, but it worked. Just locate the cmos jumper before changing the bios. You always use it with the system turned off, leaving two of the three jumpers covered when moving it to reset the bios and returning it to it's original position before turning the system on. This is only necessary if you can't get the board to post after a bios change. My Msi board will reboot after about 30 seconds if a bios change causes a problem and tell you that an overclock setting failed.



I decided to stick to 1333mhz @ 1.5V as I am not too keen on changing the voltages and timings in BIOS, thanks for the instructions o1die.


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January 18, 2011 7:15:05 PM

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