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G.SKILL ARES RAM and MB Compatibility Questions and Confusion?

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June 14, 2012 8:32:19 PM

Hopefully, this or these questions will be easy enough for someone to answer. I'm confused.

The situation: I bought all the parts to build a new computer. I'm concerned about the G.Skill RAM modules I bought from Newegg, after reading on THG that is was recommended. (Sorry. Can't remember the exact link to that "build" URL).

The RAM I purchased is:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB
Newegg link to it on Newegg (below):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MB I purchased is:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg link to it on Newegg (below):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Question #1. I have to mention that the ASRock website, or maybe it was the G.Skill site does -not- have this particular RAM listed in its "Compatibility List." That gives me some cause to worry. The RAM may be compatible with my Intel CPU, but I don't find that it's compatible with the ASRock MB. Is it compatible, or not?

Question #2. The package I received from Newegg contains 2 strips of RAM, and the labels on EACH strip say the following:

F3-1600CID-8GAB
DDR3 1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.5V
==>> PC3-12800 4Gx2 Intel XMP Ready

It's that last line that I'm confused about, where it says: (4Gx2). To me, that implies 2 x 4GB's (equivalent to 8GB's) ON EACH STRIP OF RAM, since the labels on each of the 2 strips in the package have the same info on each label. I remember that over the years, each single RAM module was labled to indicate how much RAM -it- was (the amount on that single strip). According to these labels, 2x4GB's x 2 modules = 16GB's RAM -- not 8GB's! Have I lost all my marbles, reading too much into something that I shouldn't?

This may seem like a dumb question to most of you, but I'm merely trying to learn and to avoid problems with my new build. I'm hoping for a very quick reply, since I'm ready now to start assembling.

NOTE: 5 minutes after I posted this I noticed that there is a separate forum for GSKILL. Sorry about that. Move it please, if you need to.

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June 14, 2012 10:07:42 PM

1 should not be a problem with the amount of memory on the market they will newer test except just a little bit of what is available. The main thing is your modules are 1.5volts as specified for the Intel platform.
2 It is most likely that it is to identify them to a 8GB dual channel package that is 2x 4GB which they are, you are just reading to much into it.
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June 14, 2012 10:18:12 PM

rolli59 said:
1 should not be a problem with the amount of memory on the market they will newer test except just a little bit of what is available. The main thing is your modules are 1.5volts as specified for the Intel platform.
2 It is most likely that it is to identify them to a 8GB dual channel package that is 2x 4GB which they are, you are just reading to much into it.

Thanks, rolli59! I'll mark your reply as 'Best Answer,' but I still don't see why they couldn't have clarified their labels appropriately. Then, old farts like me who are "literal-thinkers" wouldn't get so confused! LOL. I guess they expect us to ponder over what they are selling, instead of just telling us outright? I still think the labels ought to be marked individually as to what each one -really- is. Finding just one of those in a drawer someday, you'd never know that it was a 4GB module instead of an 8GB module (as the label indicates)!

Thank you!!
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June 14, 2012 10:18:33 PM

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June 14, 2012 10:26:39 PM

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