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RAM for Asrock Z77 with i5 2500k

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May 30, 2012 12:58:09 PM

Hello,

Looking at buying an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard with an i5 2500K.
The specifications say they are compatible and a lot of reviews say they work well together, I am just confused as to type of RAM to get?

Asrock Memory Standard: DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066
i5's Memory Types: DDR3-1066/1333

Thinking a pair of 8GB to run 16GB dual channel so there's the option in the future of getting another pair of 8GB to reach motherboard max of 32GB.

Just really confused about the best type of speed, latency I should be looking at.
Does anyone have any recommendations for this amateur?

PC used for:
Audio recording (Ableton, Reaper)
Hi resolution photoshop (hopefully big 300dpi prints).
Not much gaming (no video card, motherboard supports dual displays)

Any advice would be great,
Thanks

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May 30, 2012 1:18:14 PM

Douglas Winterpeg said:
Hello,

Looking at buying an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard with an i5 2500K.
The specifications say they are compatible and a lot of reviews say they work well together, I am just confused as to type of RAM to get?

Asrock Memory Standard: DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066
i5's Memory Types: DDR3-1066/1333

Thinking a pair of 8GB to run 16GB dual channel so there's the option in the future of getting another pair of 8GB to reach motherboard max of 32GB.

Just really confused about the best type of speed, latency I should be looking at.
Does anyone have any recommendations for this amateur?

PC used for:
Audio recording (Ableton, Reaper)
Hi resolution photoshop (hopefully big 300dpi prints).
Not much gaming (no video card, motherboard supports dual displays)

Any advice would be great,
Thanks

Well, in this case the 2500K controls the memory, so it should be 1.5V and 1600MHz.

You could create a RAMdisc, that will be great help for what u want to do.

8GB for the system and get 8GB RAM disc to get the advantage of the speed that RAM can produce, where the SSD is shamed by the RAM: )

If u will get more RAM, larger RAMdisc u could make : )
May 30, 2012 1:20:42 PM

Thanks Nikorr

But what makes the CORSAIR XMS faster? They both seem to have all the same values.
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May 30, 2012 1:22:30 PM

for the money dd3-1600 is the best ram out there right now. on the i5 1600 is an overclock speed on a ib chip it a stock speed as the ib have an updated memory controller. with newer ram there a jtag in them that have speeds from 1066 to there xmp or overclock speed. when you put the ram into a mb it read the jtag and default to one of the stock speeds. any of the ram rated above 1600 in mostly used for gamers. a good name brand 1600 will keep your build stable for many years. just look for ram with stock speeds of 9-9-9-9-9. if it lower it be fine. just look for newer kits with 1.5v and that there on the mb tested list or the ram vendor tested them. the mb qal list will also show if they gotten a lot of the 32g kits to work with there mb.
also look at ones with lower heat spreaders. they fit better under heat sinks then the larger ones found on gskills. also look at the vendor return and warranty for the ram and google the part number or brand..some vendor have a higher rate of bad ram then other.
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May 30, 2012 1:30:35 PM

Douglas Winterpeg said:
Thanks Nikorr

But what makes the CORSAIR XMS faster? They both seem to have all the same values.

I'm sorry,

Neweg has the wrong picture, and I thought it was a Dominator and its XMP.

May 30, 2012 1:42:31 PM

Wow, thanks for the info smorizio! still trying to take it all in.

How do these G.Skill Ares look http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Cas Latency and Timing a bit higher though, is that a problem? (what's it mean?)

Asrock Z77 extreme 4 not listed in "Qualified Motherboard List". Do you think that means there not compatible?
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May 30, 2012 1:52:44 PM

Qualified Motherboard List have just a few samples.

There is 100+ different RAM sets available : )
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May 30, 2012 1:54:45 PM

Cas Latency and Timing is noting to worry about, as it is in milliseconds and u cannot possibly tell the difference.

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