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1866mhz or 1600mhz Corsair Dominators

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September 26, 2012 10:50:55 AM

I'm buying my new pc and I'm wondering what RAMs should I get

I was considering getting a

2x4 DUAL Corsair Dominator with 1866mhz (optionally getting another set to make it 16gb when I get money)
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2x8 DUAL Corsair Domiantor with 1600mhz

on an MSI Z77 Mpower BigBang Board, which one is better? I know the 16gb one is better, but I wanna know how much difference will the mhz impact on my gaming(PC is for gaming like BF3, MoH, GW2 and other newer games)

I'm considering the 2x4 one for a cheaper option.
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September 27, 2012 4:29:54 AM

Ram doesn't make much of an impact on gaming a video card will make the most impact followed by the cpu. If you want to get the 1866mhz ram it would be better for the overall performance of your Pc but you wouldn't notice the differenc if you had 1866mhz or 1600mhz. Sometimes you will notice that having more ram will be better, because the cpu will be able to process the info faster with more ram to hold info for processing.
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September 27, 2012 4:44:49 AM

so 2x4gb is good enough? I'm infatuated with the design of the Dominator haha
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September 27, 2012 9:00:25 PM

If so, go with Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz [2 x 8GB] C9s
cause I'm thinking of purchasing [4 x 8GB] C9s set. :) 
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September 28, 2012 1:59:34 AM

I would go with the 8gb of 1866 mhz Corsair Dominator Platinum ram. Then later on if you feel that you need more get another set of 8gb.
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September 28, 2012 3:19:35 PM

inzone said:
I would go with the 8gb of 1866 mhz Corsair Dominator Platinum ram. Then later on if you feel that you need more get another set of 8gb.

There won't be a problem if I put 2pcs of dual channel kits in a single mobo right? and won't that appear as quad channel in CPU-Z?

There isn't a 4x4gb 1866 Dominator rams in my country T.T
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September 28, 2012 4:05:44 PM

Hmm...for Gaming then 2x4GB or 4x4GB not the 8GB/stick density sticks. Reason is very basic, there's too many issues of stability with non-ECC 8GB/stick density RAM.

The differences between DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 entirely depends on the CAS Timings but even if they're the same in Gaming any differences are within margin of error i.e. no differences; the differences are only apparent in synthetic benchmarks. Folks 'cherry pick' benchmarks, and from my experience the most important aspect is stability therefore 4GB/stick full matched kit (not kits), DDR3-1600 CAS 8 or 9, and either 1.35v or 1.50v. I prefer the 1.35v DDR3L kits, they are the most advanced IC's and since they're dual voltage can operate on any LGA 1155 or LGA 2011 MOBO/CPU and are the least stressful on the CPU (long-term).
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September 28, 2012 4:16:07 PM

lanceor said:
There won't be a problem if I put 2pcs of dual channel kits in a single mobo right? and won't that appear as quad channel in CPU-Z?

There isn't a 4x4gb 1866 Dominator rams in my country T.T


No it won't appear as quad channel, many people will buy a set of 8gb(2x4gb) and later buy another set of exactly the same and put it in and use it and it works just like as if you had purchased the full 16gb as one set.
The problems can come if you don't get the same as what you have and there can be compatability issues so that's why it's important to get the same .
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October 26, 2012 8:29:13 AM

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