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Should I upgrade my 1600 DDR3 memory

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May 5, 2012 9:02:02 PM

Hi, I currently have 4 x 2 (8GB) low voltage 1600 memory. I was wondering if it's worth upgrading to 16GB DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) memory. Newegg has a G.SKill 16GB memory for kit $119. I have a I7 2600K overclocked to 4.5 ghz. I primary used my desktop to play games and use VMs for work. Thank you.


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a c 149 } Memory
May 5, 2012 9:27:20 PM

Sandy Bridge processors have an integrated memory controller. Going over DDR3 1600 gains very little and you would only see it in benchmarks not in the real world. Just a waste of money to go with anything higher than DDR3 1600. Also going over 1.5v voids the CPU warranty.
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May 5, 2012 9:33:05 PM

Imo 8GB is enough :) 
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a c 149 } Memory
May 5, 2012 9:38:37 PM

Imo 8GB is enough :) 

For gaming yes. OP runs VMs for work and that is reason enough to go with 16 or even 32GB.
May 5, 2012 10:14:21 PM

Thanks for the reply. I think I will stick with the 8GB. I do not run VMs while playing games.
May 5, 2012 10:14:34 PM

Best answer selected by davidst95.