Corsair Vengeance 16GB vs Gskill Ripjaws X 16gb

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I am currently trying to decide on whether to get 16GB of Corsair Vengeance or Gskill Ripjaws X 16gb. The speeds on the Corsair Vengeance are

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Timing 9-9-9-24
Cas Latency 9


and the Gskill is
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
Timing 9-10-9-28
Cas Latency 9


I KNOW THAT THE GSKILL COMPLETELY OUT PREFORMS the Corsair becasue of the speeds, But I was just wondering what you guys prefer me to buy. I do want 16 GB I have 4 open slots in my computer, what do you prefer me buying for my computer (HP Pavilion Elite HPE-367 c-b PC Bundle) [Intel Core i7-860 processor, ATI Radeon HD 5570 Graphics card with 1 GB DDr3 dedicated graphics memory] Windows 7 home premium 64-bit


I'm going to use it for movies, home computer, downloading, start up time, just need some good RAM!!! a little bit of gaming not much
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forum! :)

    tphipps9 said:
    ...I do want 16 GB I have 4 open slots in my computer, what do you prefer me buying for my computer (HP Pavilion Elite HPE-367 c-b PC Bundle) [Intel Core i7-860 processor, ATI Radeon HD 5570...

    I'm going to use it for movies, home computer, downloading, start up time, just need some good RAM!!! a little bit of gaming not much

    Unfortunately, I seriously doubt your OEM BIOS allows you to set the DRAM Frequency aka Memory Multiplier. So you're probably stuck with DDR3-1066 speed, but DDR3-1333 RAM is more widely available. Further, without a 'BCLK' overclocking anything >DDR3-1600 with i7-860 will probably require BCLK -> 160MHz {stock is 133.33MHz}.

    Therefore, assuming neither DRAM Frequency/Memory Multiplier or BCLK are user modifiable then one of these Sets of DDR3-1333 4x4GB -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006073&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=147%7C20-226-293%5E20-226-293-TS%2C20-231-312%5E20-231-312-TS%2C20-231-442%5E20-231-442-TS%2C20-145-347%5E20-145-347-TS%2C20-231-309%5E20-231-309-TS

    Out of those, I like the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL7Q-16GBXH - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231442

    RAM 'speed' is a function of high Frequency + low CAS Timings:
  2. 1600 is the sweet spot and it's cheaper, so buy it, or some 1333.

    I doubt you need 16GB though....?
  3. I'd go with 1600 if your mobo supported it. If you are looking to upgrade your computer that graphics card has got to go. Look at a 8gb kit and buy a 6870
  4. Remember the OP has a "HP Pavilion Elite HPE-367 c-b" aka OEM PC aka OEM BIOS!
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