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Great Price but which G-Skill for SB build?

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November 25, 2010 3:33:54 AM

Hi - looking to jump on some BF action although I'm waiting for SB to launch for my build.

People here seem to like the G-Skill memory.

I can get through the Egg a 4GB (2x2) set of DDR3 1600 (12800) for 49, or an 8GB but its DDR3 1333 (10600)

HELP ME DECIDE

1) is 4GB plenty for initial SB build (not a gamer, but will do some light to medium video and photo editing). Its a $10 "savings" to get the 8GB set, but if I don't really NEED 8gb then its a $40 "cost"

2) is it worth it to "pay up" (a little) for the faster 1600 RAM or are both modules about the same in real performance? I'd assume my SB 1155 mobo will generally run the DDR3 at 1333, but I plan to buy an unlocked SB chip.....does the 1600 do anything for me along those lines (I'll just be upping the CPU multiplier)

Thanks in advance!

November 25, 2010 12:53:38 PM

The ideal situation will be more and faster RAM but if you are having budgetting problems, more RAM is more preferable than faster RAM.
Especially for HD-video and HD-photo editing, 8GB is more recommendable than 4GB.
BTW :
If the price difference is only $10, why do you have to ask? Just, take the faster 8GB RAM!
You can skip your next Mc Donald visit to get the $10 difference. :D 
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November 25, 2010 1:12:58 PM

^hes insinuating that all american's are fat and love mcdonalds. lmao

will SB run in dual channel or triple channel?
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November 25, 2010 3:55:09 PM

guanyu210379 said:
The ideal situation will be more and faster RAM but if you are having budgetting problems, more RAM is more preferable than faster RAM.
Especially for HD-video and HD-photo editing, 8GB is more recommendable than 4GB.
BTW :
If the price difference is only $10, why do you have to ask? Just, take the faster 8GB RAM!
You can skip your next Mc Donald visit to get the $10 difference. :D 



no the 8GB is the SLOWER ram.....the 4gb kit is 1600.

so I could get 2x2gb for 49....and if I bought 2 sets to get 8gb then I've used all my slots.

Or I could get 2x 4gb for 89, which is better for future expandability, but it is the SLOWER 1333 memory.

So hence my question, which you didn't quite answer even with the McDonalds quip

Help...still
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November 25, 2010 4:00:19 PM

He did answer your question. Reading comprehension FTW.

He said "The IDEAL SITUATION is faster and more." then he went on to say "More RAM is PREFERABLE than faster RAM"

= Fast and more ram > More ram> Faster Ram>
Get 8GB.
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November 25, 2010 4:15:14 PM

I think it's way to early to want to work out your system in such detail.
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November 25, 2010 4:26:42 PM

Out of curiosity... since it seems upgrading from 4 gb 1333 to 4gb 1600 might not be as beneficial as upgrading to 8gb 1333...

is it better to have 2 dimms @ 4gb or 4 dimms @ 2, assuming your motherboard can support either?
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November 25, 2010 4:32:59 PM

2 slots 4GB RAM is definitely a lot better than 4 slots 2GB RAM if you wanna have 8GB.
With only 2 slots occupied, you can have 16GB maximum.
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November 25, 2010 4:55:32 PM

Somebody_007 said:
I think it's way to early to want to work out your system in such detail.


I just liked the price of this RAM so thought Id buy it on BF special. Gskill has lifetime warranty so even if it doesnt work once I get the SB system in Jan I could get a replacement.
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November 25, 2010 4:57:27 PM

vindictive said:
He did answer your question. Reading comprehension FTW.

He said "The IDEAL SITUATION is faster and more." then he went on to say "More RAM is PREFERABLE than faster RAM"

= Fast and more ram > More ram> Faster Ram>
Get 8GB.


Alrighty - If I am going to OC using a K chip just with multiplier, does the 1600 Ram do anything for me vs 1333?

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November 25, 2010 5:01:12 PM

not really no. since you can just change the multiplier.
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November 25, 2010 5:05:48 PM

if the timings are both 9-9-9 on the 1333 vs the 1600, then is there a real difference? Are the 1600 chips just binned differently from the fab, or is there something on the 1333s that hard limits them to 1333?

Is $89 for 8gb Gskill Ripjaws a great deal or just OK deal?
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November 25, 2010 5:08:18 PM

They aren't "hard limited" but to go muc higher than stated specs you'd have to raise the timings, so I'd just run at stated specs.

Great deal. I looked a while ago and the cheapest I could fine 8GB ram was $105.
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November 25, 2010 6:53:45 PM

vindictive said:
not really no. since you can just change the multiplier.


I think you mean yes, from what I understand he was asking whether 1600 would be faster than 1333 and I think you meant to say yes am I correct?

And yeah that is an amazing deal compared to 6months ago I bought my 6gb kit for 200usd then lol.
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November 25, 2010 9:43:54 PM

Personally, I'd rather wait until SB came out before buying RAM.
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November 25, 2010 11:48:20 PM

Somebody_007 said:
I think you mean yes, from what I understand he was asking whether 1600 would be faster than 1333 and I think you meant to say yes am I correct?

And yeah that is an amazing deal compared to 6months ago I bought my 6gb kit for 200usd then lol.

From what I understood, he was asking "Will the 1600 vs 1333 affect my OC at all?" I answered no because the K chip will have an unlocked multi.

+1 to helpme
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November 26, 2010 1:09:53 AM

Yeah thanks - so as long as I'm not having to mess with anything but the multiplier, then I'm not as concerned about the overclockability of the RAM itself.

As to waiting until SB is released, yes, that was originally my plan. But I am perhaps swayed by some "great sales" on Black Fri and Cyber Monday. I picked up my PSU already, and will probably pick up the CM Hyper 212+ at 1/2 price too. Its not like the CM 212+ will be old and dated 6 weeks from now.

As to the RAM, I originally said I should wait, because if there is a problem and I'm past RMA then I'm screwed. But Egg has 60 day returns now, and more importantly, GSkill has lifetime warranty on RAM, so I figured I'm covered. Question is will there be an equivalent or better price for same thing come January. Maybe RAM prices are generally falling so the "great deal" today might actually be available then too, even without the Black Friday wrapper.....
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November 26, 2010 1:22:25 AM

I only said wait cuz idk if SB will run in dual or triple channel mode, which effects what ram to buy.
pricewise I'd buy now.
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November 26, 2010 1:40:39 AM

Ok got it......it seemed pretty certain from the Anandtech preview plus some of the other blurbs about the new SB 1155 mobos that it was going to use the current dual channel RAM just like the 1156 boards. I think the 2011 SB coming later uses quad-channel, or thats the rumor.
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November 26, 2010 2:04:51 AM

you can buy dual now or just go ahead and get quad then :p 
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November 26, 2010 12:39:36 PM

vindictive said:
I only said wait cuz idk if SB will run in dual or triple channel mode, which effects what ram to buy.
pricewise I'd buy now.


1155 is supposed to be dual channel and 1356 quad channel
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November 26, 2010 2:44:27 PM

Alright good, cuz I just bought 8GB of ram for $80 cuz I couldn't let it go away.. haha. sold out 10 mins later.
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November 26, 2010 5:41:50 PM

vindictive said:
Alright good, cuz I just bought 8GB of ram for $80 cuz I couldn't let it go away.. haha. sold out 10 mins later.



Where?

I saw Egg had the faster 1600 GSkill 8gb for $99 but it was also sold out by the time I got there.....looks like I'm back to deciding whether to buy "slow" 8gb or "fast" 4gb (or could do 2 kits of the 4gb but then I've sealed my upgrade fate beyond 8gb)

I also see they have Mushkin 2x4gb on sale

Or I can take my chances and wait to see what Cyber Monday brings.....

Then I read another thread where they also said DO NOT BUY ANY MEMORY NOW for Sandy Bridge....gotta wait and see what has been tested/approved and what has not.

Ohh choices choices......

Maybe I should just chill to make sure I don't waste money on something that won't work on Sandy Bridge. And then hope I can get a "deal" in January.
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November 26, 2010 6:52:15 PM

Sorry it was $89. 2x4gb DDR3 1333 C9 (slow but my budget is allot lower since I decided to buy a 120hz monitor and Nvidia 3d vision for $500)
newegg, it sold out 10 mins later.
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November 26, 2010 6:59:22 PM

Yeah this was the one I was comparing against the $49 2x2gb DDR3 1600 in the original post. I see now its sold out so my OP is somewhat academic at this point.

I also see Mushkin 8gb for $80. I also mentioned on another thread but what do people think of Mushkin Silverline vs GSkill Ripjaws?

PROBLEM is the $80 is After Rebate, so I may have an issue if I've sent in the rebate, then something isnt right re: SandyBridge compatibility, and I can't return it. Second thought.....need to find a straight up deal (no rebate) or just wait......
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November 26, 2010 10:12:47 PM

WTF Newegg???

So BOTH Gskills are back now, even the super secret email blast one.

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


I sat here for a few mins staring into my screen, deciding between 1333 at $89 and 1600 at $99. Both are 2x4GB.

I decided to pay up $10 for the 1600.

Now let's see what they have on special for Cyber Monday!
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