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September 8, 2011 11:43:55 AM

system
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula 890FX Chipset

ram:
Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 4GB single1600MHz CL9 DIMM
product code - KHX1600C9D3B1/4G
i have one of these so far and looking at buying another for dual channel

and

G.Skill Flare [ FLS ] F3-14400CL9D-4GBFLS (2Gx2)
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=272

which runs at 1800mhz

since i have 4x dimms on the board i figured i should put both sets of ram in.but is it worth the downclock?
i could oc the ram aswell and planning on oc'ing the whole set.
any advice?

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September 8, 2011 12:48:05 PM

Interesting. Is having 16 GB of ram more important than being able to run the ram at 1800 MHz. I would say the difference between 1600 and 1800 MHz is negligible, so you're better off running all the memory, even though some of it will be downclocked slightly.
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September 8, 2011 2:38:33 PM

With four DIMMs the BIOS will downclock all of the RAM to the default frequency of 1333 Mhz. --- assuming the DIMMs will actually function together as a non-matched set with out issues -- which is a big assumption. You won't be able to OC the RAM with four DIMMs installed.

If you want to run a lot of or large apps like CAD, etc. then more than 8 GB. RAM might be of value. If not then 8 GB. is plenty. OC'ing the RAM makes less than 1% diff in system performance in my testing.
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September 10, 2011 8:43:04 AM

would it not just downcloack to 1600?
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September 11, 2011 10:41:02 PM

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September 13, 2011 3:36:45 AM

No it would not downclock to 1600 because the default frequency for your CPU to RAM frequency is 1333 Mhz. not 1600 Mhz.
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