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DDR3, 1333 or 1600?

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April 11, 2012 10:39:29 PM

I'm putting together a new system, but need some advice on RAM. I will be using an I5-2500k processor with a Z68

motherboard. It's my understanding that Sandy Bridge is optmized to work with 1333 RAM, but I see a lot of posts stating

that you should use 1600 RAM. I picked up the following from Microcenter: Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600)

CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules). Should I consider returning them for the 1600

equivelant? If it won't make a huge difference, then I'll keep them. I only paid $14.99 for them. ($29.99 on sale plus I had a

$15 discount for being a prefered customer.) If it matters, I am considering the following motherboards: ASRock Z68

Extreme4 Gen3 or the Asus p8z68-v pro/gen3.

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a c 146 } Memory
April 11, 2012 10:48:30 PM

Why don't u post link, so we can see the exact stick?

Make sure its 1.5V, preferably with XMP profile.
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a c 146 } Memory
April 11, 2012 11:19:08 PM

cybertoad said:
Here's the link:

Here's the specs:

Memory Type DDR3

Number of Modules 2

Memory Capacity 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Memory Speed DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600)

Voltage 1.5 Volts

CAS Latency 9

Latency 9-9-9-27

Buffered/Unbuffered Unbuffered

Error Correction Code Non-ECC

Memory Slot 240-pin DIMM

The 1600 version has a voltage of 1.65 Volts

That one is no good, as it is voiding your CPU warranty @ 1.65V

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a c 146 } Memory
April 11, 2012 11:19:34 PM

I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile. And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
a c 146 } Memory
April 11, 2012 11:30:41 PM

And for the mobo, get the Asus p8z68-v pro/gen3.

Better overclocker and 1 year longer warranty.
a b } Memory
April 11, 2012 11:40:42 PM

As you can see in my specs, I definitely agree with that!
April 19, 2012 4:44:23 AM

Best answer selected by cybertoad.
a c 146 } Memory
April 19, 2012 5:01:36 AM

Good luck cybertoad!
a c 146 } Memory
April 19, 2012 5:01:43 AM

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