What is the best RAM to match what I currently have?
I can't seem to find something that will be close to what I currently have. I have Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8G
Pinhedd said:It is highly inadvisable to mix and match memory, doing so is a recipe for instability and other problems. If you have a 8GB Kingston DDR3-1600 set then you should get another identical set, there are lots of stores that carry that particular set of memory
I understand this, but there is a specific reason I am getting mismatched RAM. I need to upgrade, but I specifically need 16Gbs(8x2) and Kingston doesn't manufacture it. From what I have researched as long as the CL is identical there shouldn't be any issues.
intensity254 said:I understand this, but there is a specific reason I am getting mismatched RAM. I need to upgrade, but I specifically need 16Gbs(8x2) and Kingston doesn't manufacture it. From what I have researched as long as the CL is identical there shouldn't be any issues.
CL is only one of several hundred things that can go wrong. There's a reason that memory is sold in matched sets for dual and quad channel systems. There's also a reason why there's a rank limit per channel on UDIMMs.
The chances of something going wrong are much higher when you start mixing memory from different OEMs or chip manufacturers.
I may have misinterpreted your question.
Since you have KHX1600C9D3K2/8G right now I'm guessing that you have only 2 DIMM slots is that correct?
If you have 4 DIMM slots then just grab the same set and put them in the 2 spare slots. There's a small chance that 4 DIMMs wont run stably at the profile settings but this can almost always be countered by adding 0.05 volts to the memory.
If you have only 2 DIMM slots and are looking for a complete memory replacement then any of the following will work nicely
Almost all 8GB DIMMs are CAS-10 rather than 4GB DIMMs which are CAS-9. The difference is negligible but you should be aware of it.