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Corsair Vengeance 16GB vs Gskill Ripjaws X 16gb

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January 26, 2012 8:33:44 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware community!

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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January 26, 2012 8:59:48 PM

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?Submi...

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=N82E168...

RAM 'speed' is a function of high Frequency + low CAS Timings:
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January 26, 2012 10:26:54 PM

1600 is the sweet spot and it's cheaper, so buy it, or some 1333.

I doubt you need 16GB though....?
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January 26, 2012 10:36:19 PM

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
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January 26, 2012 10:41:15 PM

Remember the OP has a "HP Pavilion Elite HPE-367 c-b" aka OEM PC aka OEM BIOS!
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