Help me decide - GSkill vs Corsair

I'm in the process of upgrading and trying to decide between the 4 types listed here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007611&IsNodeId=1&Manufactory=8476%2C1459&PropertyCodeValue=523%3A40080%2C523%3A23986%2C523%3A29188%2C523%3A77777%2C523%3A38973%2C523%3A39219%2C524%3A29371%2C524%3A30386%2C524%3A30292%2C524%3A30548&bop=And&CompareItemList=147%7C20-231-429%5E20-231-429-TS%2C20-145-347%5E20-145-347-TS%2C20-233-143%5E20-233-143-TS%2C20-231-315%5E20-231-315-TS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007611&IsNodeId=1&Manufactory=8476%2C1459&PropertyCodeValue=523%3A40080%2C523%3A23986%2C523%3A29188%2C523%3A77777%2C523%3A38973%2C523%3A39219%2C524%3A29371%2C524%3A30386%2C524%3A30292%2C524%3A30548&bop=And&CompareItemList=147%7C20-231-429%5E20-231-429-TS%2C20-145-347%5E20-145-347-TS%2C20-233-143%5E20-233-143-TS%2C20-231-315%5E20-231-315-TS

I'm leaning towards one of the G.Skills. One is $10 cheaper, but is just called the "ripjaws" series, and the more expensive is "ripjaws X" I have seen some posts surrounding the RipJaws X vs Z, and there doesn't seem to be any difference there so not looking at Z as at the moment it was a little more expensive.

They will be going on a AS Rock Z77 Extreme4. All of the above seem to work there.

Thanks!

EDIT - I removed the "-M" on my MB model. Not getting the -M version.
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  1. Since they are going with a Z77 chipset, i would get the Corsair ram, it seems to overclock well with Intel.. but if you want to save money. get Gskill. Honestly when i pulled them all up they were exact same price.. so it depends what brand/color you going for
  2. None of the above.

    Corsair and G.skil are both good brands.

    They are all 4 x 4gb kits.
    A 2 x 8gb kit will be easier for the motherboard to manage, and it will preserve your option to upgrade to 32gb.

    1.5v ram does not need high heat spreaders, or any at all for that matter. High heat spreaders can interfere with some aftermarket coolers.
    Instead, I would suggest this 16gb kit(2 x 8gb) from corsair, it is even cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145357

    Or, this G.skil kit for a similar price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558
  3. RipJawz! Stop thinking and buy! Afterall, who the hell overclocks RAM?
  4. envy14tpe said:
    RipJawz! Stop thinking and buy! Afterall, who the hell overclocks RAM?


    Why Z over X? I thought I read that this was marketing and not really any different?
  5. geofelt said:
    None of the above.

    Corsair and G.skil are both good brands.

    They are all 4 x 4gb kits.
    A 2 x 8gb kit will be easier for the motherboard to manage, and it will preserve your option to upgrade to 32gb.

    1.5v ram does not need high heat spreaders, or any at all for that matter. High heat spreaders can interfere with some aftermarket coolers.
    Instead, I would suggest this 16gb kit(2 x 8gb) from corsair, it is even cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145357

    Or, this G.skil kit for a similar price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558


    Both of these have a higher latency than the ones I initially posted and are basically the same cost. I thought higher latency meant slower? Is this the case?
  6. Rockdpm said:
    Since they are going with a Z77 chipset, i would get the Corsair ram, it seems to overclock well with Intel.. but if you want to save money. get Gskill. Honestly when i pulled them all up they were exact same price.. so it depends what brand/color you going for


    Which of the two Corsairs? They look to be very similar (other than color). Is there any real difference?
  7. The current Intel cpu's have an excellent integrated ram controller. It is able to keep the cpu fed with data from any speed ram.

    The difference in real application performance or FPS between the fastest and slowest ram is on the order of 1-3%.

    Synthetic benchmark differences will be impressive, but are largely irrelevant in the real world.

    Only if you are seeking record level overclocks should you consider faster ram or better latencies.

    Read this Anandtech article on memory scaling:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/1
  8. there is no difference between the two corsairs other than color
  9. If you are air cooling then low profile RAM is a better bet. Vengeance doesn't overclock well, I've only got mine at 1632Mhz 9-9-9-24 1T (up from 1600Mhz and 2T) so basically no difference. Just get the ones that look best or fit around everything best in the rest of the system (after the stock performance figures of course).
  10. Personally I like Corsair. But all 4 of the modules you listed will block a aftermarket cooler. I suggest getting something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197
    Or this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233280
  11. Just get some Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz kit. Thats what i use
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