RAM: 12GB 1600 or 8GB 1866

Hello! I am planning on building a new gaming computer and I have a question: For a system that will be used primarily for gaming/logic which would serve me better...

12 GB of ram at 1600Mhz


8 GB of ram at 1866 Mhz

Thank you very much!
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  1. 12gb for triple channel ram on a LGA1366 system or 8GB in dual channel for all other modern systems that run in dual channel regardless of the speed difference posted!
  2. For a dual-channel gaming system, I recommend 8GB (2x4GB). Two or four sticks is best for dual-channel.

    For a triple-channel gaming system, I recommend 6GB (3x2GB). Three or six sticks is best for triple-channel.

    DDR3-1600 is a good speed to get. CL9 is standard. Get CL7 or CL8 if you want to spend a little extra. Oh, and make sure it's 1.5v spec RAM.
  3. Thank you very much!
  4. To add, it depends on your MOBO. If you're building a P67 rig then 1600 CAS 9 is the sweet-spot. And there is an advantage to 8GB, plus RAM is cheap... Obviously, use a 64-bit OS.

    Good articles -
    Sandy Bridge RAM http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1
    Gaming 8GB+ http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-8.html

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5v Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Since 'I' have an affinity towards CAS 8:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1.5v Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    edit: Ripjaws X are fine for single sets, but not so great if you want 16GB. In that case go with Corsair Vengeance.
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5v Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145347
  5. They do have several 16GB Ripjaws X kits with different timings as well. I have 12GB of Ripjaws X in my P67 system (one 2x4GB kit and one 2x2GB kit), so multiple dual-channel kits do actually work together. Some people just get unlucky with a bad stick.
  6. Good advice from all^

    Your real application performance or FPS may improve by as much as 1% with faster ram. Not much worth it to me.
    Synthetic benchmarks will look great, but are irrelevant.

    I vote for 12gb, but really a 8gb kit is great. There are no games that I know of that are written to take advantage of more that the 2 or 3gb that a 32 bit os allows.
  7. Until a few days ago I would have agreed about the Ripjaws X, but there have been too many problems with 2 kits of F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL edit: to be clear the problem is running them at 1600 MHz, 1333 MHz was okay, and has nothing to do with Memtest failing. It's weird, Google those kits.

    I totally agree about any advantages of >8GB for games - none as long as you 'shared video memory' is maxed-out.
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