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Need memory for ASRock X58 Extreme

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December 20, 2011 3:47:30 AM

I'm getting a refund on my ocz ram I've had for a couple of years because the sticks are dead. I've been running this:

2 x OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

So, basically I haven't had any issues with running it besides the fact that I've only been able to run it with 5 sticks for 10 GB of ram.

I CAN take up to 24 GB of RAM in my board as I have 6 slots that can run triple channel.

This is a link to my board:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X58%20Extre...

Basically, I'm looking for 2 things:

1) good memory that I can get 6 x 2GB sticks and run them at 1600 to 2000 mhz
2) I possibly would be interested in running 24 GB (6 x 4GB) but I don't know what RAM would work on this board like that.


I would really love to hear from peeps that have this board


My system:
ASRock x58 extreme
Intel Core i7 920
Radeon 5850


THANKS!
a b } Memory
December 20, 2011 4:17:52 AM

You would need to look at the memory QVL (Qualified Vender List, is a list of all RAM kits tested on the motherboard by the manufacture and proven to work) of your motherboard (exact model of your board and version if there are different versions) on the manufacture's website.
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December 20, 2011 4:54:27 AM

I did that but they only test up to 3 sticks on the board....don't ask me why. So, I have no clue what RAM is good at 12GB or 24GB.

blazorthon said:
You would need to look at the memory QVL (Qualified Vender List, is a list of all RAM kits tested on the motherboard by the manufacture and proven to work) of your motherboard (exact model of your board and version if there are different versions) on the manufacture's website.

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December 20, 2011 1:02:54 PM

riccardi50 said:
I did that but they only test up to 3 sticks on the board....don't ask me why. So, I have no clue what RAM is good at 12GB or 24GB.


Some x58 motherboards were only tested with up to 12GB because at the time that was all that most people used. In that case you would be best off looking at 24GB versions of the kits that are on the QVL.
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December 20, 2011 3:39:39 PM

riccardi50 said:
I did that but they only test up to 3 sticks on the board....don't ask me why. So, I have no clue what RAM is good at 12GB or 24GB.


The reason why is because the board ideally uses 3 slots of triple-channel DDR3 memory, so you want to buy 3x kits for it (I own this board myself btw). If you're wanting 12 gigs of RAM, then this would be your best option via Newegg IMO:

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December 20, 2011 3:57:11 PM

Thanks I'll take a look at that ram. Also, I read last night in an older post that Windows 7 Home Premium will only recognize up to 16GB of ram, is that true?


Tyndaleon said:
The reason why is because the board ideally uses 3 slots of triple-channel DDR3 memory, so you want to buy 3x kits for it (I own this board myself btw). If you're wanting 12 gigs of RAM, then this would be your best option via Newegg IMO:


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December 20, 2011 4:40:18 PM

riccardi50 said:
Thanks I'll take a look at that ram. Also, I read last night in an older post that Windows 7 Home Premium will only recognize up to 16GB of ram, is that true?


Correct, Basic is 8, Home Premium is 16, and the others are a whopping 192 (all on the X64 version of course).
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December 20, 2011 5:07:07 PM

Alright, then I need some good 6x2GB triple channel memory that will for sure work.

Tyndaleon said:
Correct, Basic is 8, Home Premium is 16, and the others are a whopping 192 (all on the X64 version of course).

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December 20, 2011 5:51:50 PM

No memory will work for sure. Your best be is always to find a kit on your motherboards QVL or buy from someone that will replace your kit if it doesn't work.

Are 3x4GB kits acceptable?
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December 20, 2011 5:55:17 PM

riccardi50 said:
Alright, then I need some good 6x2GB triple channel memory that will for sure work.


No, that's what I was trying to explain to you above, ideally you want 3 x 4GB of triple-channel memory for this board. You're still thinking in dual-channel terms with 6 x 2GB. Triple-channel comes in 3 module kits, and your board has 6 slots (3 banks x 2).
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December 20, 2011 6:46:33 PM

What I was saying is getting 2 kits of triple channel memory at 2GB each stick. What would be the advantage of just doing 1 kit of triple channel memory at 4GB a stick (3 sticks)?

Tyndaleon said:
No, that's what I was trying to explain to you above, ideally you want 3 x 4GB of triple-channel memory for this board. You're still thinking in dual-channel terms with 6 x 2GB. Triple-channel comes in 3 module kits, and your board has 6 slots (3 banks x 2).

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December 20, 2011 7:58:28 PM

Memory is more likely to work when it is a single kit and three modules means less modules that can fail.

Fewer modules also put less strain on the CPU/motherboard and use slightly less electricity. 4GB modules are now the standard for DDR3 there are more 3x4GB kits to choose from.
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December 20, 2011 9:35:14 PM

blazorthon said:
Memory is more likely to work when it is a single kit and three modules means less modules that can fail.

Fewer modules also put less strain on the CPU/motherboard and use slightly less electricity. 4GB modules are now the standard for DDR3 there are more 3x4GB kits to choose from.



That's all true as well, but the main reason I was saying that in his case since he was originally debating between 12 gigs, or more memory beyond that (24 initially but as I'm guessing he has Home Premium, 16 would be his limit), and that being the case, if you fill up every slot with your 12 gigs, then if you wanted to expand to 16 later, you'd have to pay more than necessary to get the extra 4 gigs...you'd have to end up buying the 3x 4GB kit at that point anyway extra (6 in 3 slots plus 12--4GBx3, in the other 3 slots), which means you'd be paying for 24 gigs of memory total when you can only use 16, and you couldn't even use 24 at once in that scenario anyway.

If you buy the 3x4GB kit now, you still have the three other slots open to expand to either 15 or 18 with either a 3x1GB or 3x2GB kit, which would cost less either way than a 3x4GB at that point.
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December 20, 2011 11:06:34 PM

Good point. Though as far as speed goes, someone told me that 12 GB in 6 slots would be faster than 12 GB in 3 slots. Is that true?

Thanks!


Tyndaleon said:
That's all true as well, but the main reason I was saying that in his case since he was originally debating between 12 gigs, or more memory beyond that (24 initially but as I'm guessing he has Home Premium, 16 would be his limit), and that being the case, if you fill up every slot with your 12 gigs, then if you wanted to expand to 16 later, you'd have to pay more than necessary to get the extra 4 gigs...you'd have to end up buying the 3x 4GB kit at that point anyway extra (6 in 3 slots plus 12--4GBx3, in the other 3 slots), which means you'd be paying for 24 gigs of memory total when you can only use 16, and you couldn't even use 24 at once in that scenario anyway.

If you buy the 3x4GB kit now, you still have the three other slots open to expand to either 15 or 18 with either a 3x1GB or 3x2GB kit, which would cost less either way than a 3x4GB at that point.

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December 20, 2011 11:13:15 PM

That isn't really true. If there is a difference it would be a sub-1% difference meaning it would only matter if you were spending enough money to get other improvements to go with it.

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December 21, 2011 4:56:39 PM

Well then I'm looking for good triple channel memory that someone has used on this board. 3 sticks x 4gb.

Thanks.
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