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March 25, 2012 11:32:50 PM

Hi. I'm building a new pc for gaming, but also will use it for working (software like Autocad, Illustrator, Matlab, and occasional video encoding).

I bought this:

Core i7 2600k
Asus P8Z68 V-PRO GEN3

But I haven't choose RAM. I will take a G.Skill (highly recommended). So, between these memory, which is more recommended?



PD: I'm willing to take any other recommendation.

Thanks

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March 25, 2012 11:54:20 PM

G.Skill has NOTHING more too offer than any other major brand RAM manufacturer. Corsair, Crucial, Patriot and Mushkin all offer great products, as good or better as G.Skill. As for your choices, what do you want more? Speed or savings? Check the motherboard compatibility and get the fastest RAM it will support. Easy peasy.
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March 26, 2012 12:17:34 AM

Meh. Faster than 1600mhz won't make much of a difference; you almost certainly won't notice. I recommend that you get something without tall heatsinks, as they're basically useless. They don't do anything but occasionally interfere with CPU heatsinks.
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March 26, 2012 12:18:24 AM

cobra5000 said:
G.Skill has NOTHING more too offer than any other major brand RAM manufacturer. Corsair, Crucial, Patriot and Mushkin all offer great products, as good or better as G.Skill. As for your choices, what do you want more? Speed or savings? Check the motherboard compatibility and get the fastest RAM it will support. Easy peasy.


I'll like both (speed and saving, being speed more important). But I have my doubts related to speed and timings. Some reviews show a memory 2133 CL11 having better performance that a 1866 CL8.

I take these maths:

2133/2 = 1066.5 MHz, T = 1/f = 0.94ns, t = T*CL = 10.31 ns

1866/2 = 933 MHz, T = 1.07 ns, t = 8.57 ns

So, if second one looks more fast, why the other win?
March 26, 2012 12:19:43 AM

kajabla said:
Meh. Faster than 1600mhz won't make much of a difference; you almost certainly won't notice. I recommend that you get something without tall heatsinks, as they're basically useless. They don't do anything but occasionally interfere with CPU heatsinks.


Thanks. What model do you recommend?
April 3, 2012 1:58:19 AM

Well, I do a lot multitasking, so high bandwitch is recommended... That's why I consider a 2133 CL10 1.5V a best choice...
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April 3, 2012 2:10:33 AM

It's not worth the extra money.
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