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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1333 or/vs 1666

Last response: in Memory
December 4, 2012 3:36:32 PM

hi all!

I'm choosing between the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 and the 1600.

price difference is only $5 and i'm thinking of getting 2.
which should i get? what are the benefits?
a c 128 } Memory
December 4, 2012 8:37:46 PM

Not a whole lot of difference. Intel boards generally run at 1333, while amd boards can post at 1600 on some of the newer boards. It's a tossup. I recommend 2x8 gb if you can find a kit for around $60; frys had some patriot in this format the other day.
a c 102 } Memory
December 5, 2012 3:51:47 PM

The DDR3 standard changed about a year ago. So hardware produced since last year can AUTO default to DDR3-1600 CL11, both Intel and AMD. G.Skill DDR3-1600 kits are CL9 or lower, so you will still need to configure settings in BIOS/EFI. DDR3-1333 CL9 or lower is completely plug and play memory.

If you want performance, get DDR3-1600.

If you want plug and play, no BIOS adjustment at all, get DDR3-1333 CL9.

Thank you
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