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August 12, 2012 5:01:58 PM

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...



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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August 12, 2012 5:17:32 PM

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
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August 12, 2012 6:04:47 PM

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=N82E168...

Or, this G.skil kit for a similar price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 12, 2012 6:09:01 PM

RipJawz! Stop thinking and buy! Afterall, who the hell overclocks RAM?
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August 12, 2012 6:28:06 PM

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?
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August 12, 2012 6:29:07 PM

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=N82E168...

Or, this G.skil kit for a similar price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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?
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August 12, 2012 6:29:26 PM

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?
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August 12, 2012 6:42:23 PM

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-...
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August 12, 2012 7:00:17 PM

there is no difference between the two corsairs other than color
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August 12, 2012 7:13:13 PM

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).
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August 12, 2012 7:21:05 PM

Just get some Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz kit. Thats what i use
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