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DDR3-1866@CL9 or DDR3-1600@CL8?

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July 20, 2011 6:01:58 PM

I am thinking about getting this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With this CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My question is about RAM. Would I be better off with 8GB of DDR3-1866 with a CL of 9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR 8GB of DDR3-1600 with a CL of 8:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

??????

I am upgrading from an Athlon X2 5600 w/ 6GB of DDR2-800. I want a very snappy computer that can recode videos much faster. Occasional light gaming.

I have a 96GB SSD boot drive, and have recently upgraded to windows 7 pro -64, in case any of that info helps. Mainly I want to startup quick, load programs quick, encode video quick.

Which set of ram is better at stock speeds and which would be better if I choose to OC? Thanks for your time! Any other comments on my upgrade path are also welcome.

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July 20, 2011 7:04:05 PM

More specifically 1600 8-8-8-24 vs 1866 9-10-9-28 ; IMO 1600 8-8-8-24 + less issues. AMD is 'funky' in that kits that 'should' work often don't so you need to be very cautions. I know ASUS updated the QVL lists recently so IMO git it a look. And yes I'll spare you the LGA 1155 opinion.

Alternative 1600 7-8-7-24-2N @ 1.60v F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your AMD 6-core can run DDR3 2000. My experience is the Higher Frequency BUT loose CAS isn't faster then High Frequency AND tight CAS. Therefore, F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM would be my choice for INTEL.

Neither kit is designed for AMD 9XX chipsets; so no guarantees.
F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM http://gskill.com/products.php?index=356
F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL http://gskill.com/products.php?index=378

AMD Kits:
1600 9-9-9-24-2N F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL http://gskill.com/products.php?index=239
1600 9-9-9-24-2N CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 http://www.corsair.com/memory/amd-memory-solutions/phen...

1866 9-10-9-27-2N CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-...


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July 30, 2011 1:55:28 PM

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