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I7920 Sabertooth X58 - Upgrading of RAM!

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April 22, 2012 8:38:26 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm currently using 2 x 3 (6gb)

1) F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI)

I'm thinking of upgrading my ram as I need to run a few vmware.

Should I get another set of G.SKILL F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI to get a total of 12 GB ram


dump my tri channel rams and go dual channel
2) get 2 sets of 2 x 4 ram (16 gb ram)

if this choice is selected please provide the ram model and newegg link if possible.

It seems that getting 16 gb worth of ram is cheaper alternative..

which option will you take?
April 23, 2012 4:54:03 AM

jaquith said:
Well those G.SKILL PI's are really good, but I have my doubts that CPU will keep (2) sets stable at DDR3-1600 CAS 6.

IMO look at the Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 CAS 8 998998 -

hi thanks or your reply, I was thinking of getting samsung

There seems to be a lot of good reviews on this ram, as it can be overclocked well.
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a c 346 } Memory
April 23, 2012 12:02:12 PM

Get a kit! Those Samsung are terrible, DDR3-1600 CAS 11?! The kit I linked works in XMP and is DDR3-1600 CAS 8.

April 23, 2012 1:07:46 PM

How do you know you actually need to upgrade?? If you do, just stick with one set, like 3 x 4gb of ram. Even though intels ICH10 controller is really good, you could have problems when populating both sets of channels. And under no reason should you switch to dual channel. X58 is TRIPLE channel, why would you want to just throw 2 sticks in there. Unless you were talking about moving over to LGA1155 socket or something which I wouldn't suggest and would also be weird since you only wanted to upgrade your ram.
a c 346 } Memory
April 23, 2012 1:41:44 PM

The easiest way to know IF you need more RAM is if there's no Free RAM listed in the Resource Monitor once you're running your Apps. Though 'Standby' can be used the (apps or GPU(s)) aren't running optimally; some sacrifices are being made. Example BF3 can suck-up, in total 1GB OS + 3.5GB Game + 3GB Shared Video = 7.5GB, to run optimally.
Resource Monitor:

April 24, 2012 4:06:21 PM

I need them for my vmware ;)