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August 30, 2012 2:28:31 AM

Hello, I am currently putting together a computer build and I have some questions about the ram I want to use. I have an Asus p9x79 pro Motherboard and I really wanted to take full advantage of the quad channel ram slots and I have had my eye on some corsair ram for some time. What I wanted to get was


CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M8X1600C9

However, Newegg ran out of stock and I was told they are not sure if they will be re-stocking >:l

So I did some digging and I found a similar item which is
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

As far as I could tell they have the same specs (minus one being 16gb and one being 32gb of course)

DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Timing 9-9-9-24
Cas Latency 9
Voltage 1.5V

So my question is that if I buy TWO of the CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR, would that be the same as ONE CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3? I am new to computer building and I am not sure if ram works this way. I really hope it does because it's exactly what I want.

Please let me know what you guys think and if you have any other information you need I would be more than happy to answer it. Thanks!

EDIT: Links for both

32gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 30, 2012 2:49:48 AM

Chances are good that two 16GB kits will work as well as a single 32 GB kit, however, there is no guarantee that the two 16GB kits will work together. When you get a 32 GB kit, you get such a guarantee that all 8 sticks will work together. That's why they are sold as a kit.

What about these?
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q2-32GBZL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 30, 2012 2:58:07 AM

In case you've been misinformed, there's really no way you'll ever use more than 8gb of RAM unless you're doing crazy media editing, and there's no way you'll ever pass 16 in the next couple of years. You may as well just save your money.
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August 30, 2012 3:13:38 AM

I seriously suggest you get the 16GB. Either will work fine regardless but 16GB is really pushing it. Unless you're mutlitasking with programs out the ass, you do not need more than eight. You're fine with buying one or two 8 x 2 model
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August 30, 2012 3:16:17 AM

Also keep in mind you need windows x64 Professional or above to be able to use more then 16Gb of ram. See here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop...

What about this one? CORSAIR Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $189
slightly higher cas 10 vs cas9 but cheaper and you got room to expand later as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kajabla: Depend on how you use your computer, 8Gb is actually very easy to fill up. Of personal experience Windows will use about 2Gb for it self and more with disk catching and stuff. chrome that could easily eat another 2Gb of ram when running over a long time and have a few dozen webpage open. If you throw just one VM set with 4Gb ram allocation on top of that then that already 8Gb.

The point is especially with the x79 platform if you reckon you need 32Gb ram then go for it.
Edit I can see 16Gb be the perfect size for professiona user and 8Gb for regular home user for the time being.
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August 30, 2012 3:29:41 AM

Yes I do have windows professional and I can support up to 64 gb of ram. I do serious gaming and work with lots of programs that include 3d rendering, my dad will also be using this computer to create houses on for he is a general contractor. I wanted to go the Corsair route because I have heard bad things about Gskill, and also - I do want 8 ram cards because in order to take advantage of the quad ram technology on the ASUS p9x79 motherboard I have to have every slot filled up. Or at least that is what I was lead to believe?
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August 30, 2012 12:14:52 PM

So does anyone know for sure if this would work?
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August 30, 2012 1:35:26 PM

I think the 2 separate quad channel kits will be fine - unless you're running SQL queries or hosting VMs off that computer, the extra 16 GB might be a little overkill. Oh well, if you got the slots you might as well use 'em.

Can't believe MBs have 8 DIMM slots now - I remember my first comp build was a 486. 8 DIMM slots...lol
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