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Maximus IV Extreme-Z + 16GB RAM?

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March 28, 2012 9:00:14 AM

Hey Guys n Gals,
Im looking to purchase a Z68 Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard soon and really would like to fit it with 16GB of RAM. I've tried looking through the QVL but unable to find such RAM. Does anyone has any idea of what 16GB RAM setup would go into this MB or any experience with it?
Id like to fit it with best RAM I can find really, but I want to know that it will work to best of its ability.
Link: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maxi...
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March 28, 2012 2:35:47 PM

There are 2 ways you can go about doing this...

To start, with that motherboard you are going to want DDR3 RAM at 1.5V, and 1600MHz gives you the best performance. Going faster than that will not yield any improvement.

First is 4 chips @ 4GB each, while brand doesn't really make a difference I prefer Kingston, Corsair or G-Skill. Here are a couple of kits that match the color scheme of your board. You can get any similar kits though.

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

The other option you have is a little bit more expensive, but might be "better" in the long run. Which is 2 chips @ 8GB. Reasons this might be better. 1, if you want to add more in the future, you don't have to buy a whole new kit, just add 2 more. 2, Asus boards (if overclocking) do better with only 2 slots populated.

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

Keep in mind those are only examples, you can find many more styles and colors by searching on a site like newegg.

Just remember,

DDR3
1600MHz
1.5V

Also keep in mind that some of the larger heatsinks on the RAM may interfere with large aftermarket CPU coolers
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March 28, 2012 3:21:31 PM

itzdanielp said:
There are 2 ways you can go about doing this...

To start, with that motherboard you are going to want DDR3 RAM at 1.5V, and 1600MHz gives you the best performance. Going faster than that will not yield any improvement.

First is 4 chips @ 4GB each, while brand doesn't really make a difference I prefer Kingston, Corsair or G-Skill. Here are a couple of kits that match the color scheme of your board. You can get any similar kits though.

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

The other option you have is a little bit more expensive, but might be "better" in the long run. Which is 2 chips @ 8GB. Reasons this might be better. 1, if you want to add more in the future, you don't have to buy a whole new kit, just add 2 more. 2, Asus boards (if overclocking) do better with only 2 slots populated.

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

Keep in mind those are only examples, you can find many more styles and colors by searching on a site like newegg.

Just remember,

DDR3
1600MHz
1.5V

Also keep in mind that some of the larger heatsinks on the RAM may interfere with large aftermarket CPU coolers


Excellent advice.

I can confirm my 2x8GB sticks work with my set up. Some motherboards have issues with 2x8GB setups, but as long as your RAM stays within the range of what itzdanielp mentioned it should be ok.

Those QV list's are quite outdated and don't normally list all the ram that works correctly for motherboards.
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