Picking RAM for work in Adobe programs - Help

I need help with picking right RAM for my motherboard Asrock Extreme 4. Mostly I will use my computer for working in Adobe programs (graphic programs).

I want to take 8GB now, a and later I will buy 8GB more. I would like to know is more imporant amount of RAM or things like latency, voltage, unbuffered DIMM. For example is better to have 8GB UDIMM with low latency, or 16 GB DIMM with higher latency when working in Adobe programs?

Motehrboard support instructions:
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM
, and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Supports DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Please have in mind that I want to take "best for buck" RAM, but still from reliable manufacturers like Corsair, Mushkin, OCZ, Kingston...
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  1. Lower latency is better
    Higher frequency is better

    The best set of cards for you will be 4x4gB and not 2x4gB. As you will upgrade your ram eventually it is highly recommend that you buy all four card at once and not at different times. As different set of cards are known to cause problems. Also I'd advice you to get a quad channel kit just to be on the safe side(even though it states it is quad channel memory you will be using it in dual channel)

    The best cards for you will be corsair dominator 4x4gB kit at 1600MHz 9-9-9-24. You can easily overclock these cards.
    Also check these cards out higher speeds not good for overclocking
  2. Hi Xttony, thank you for detailed post. I see your point, so Ive decided to go after 16GB of RAM in pair of 4 sticks.

    I`ve tried to find 4x4 GB Dominator Quad channel and here in Europe that pack costs 114 Euros ($153), which is way out of my budget.

    I found these modules http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-16gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz16gx3m4a1600c9.html for 80 Euros ($107) but those are dual channel modules (they say these are suitable for OC).

    G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=427 are priced around 95 Euros ($127). These are quad modules, but you said they are not good for OC.

    So I want to ask could I gain performance boost with 4 dual channel modules , or I get real benefits only with 4 quad modules?

    What is your advice?
  3. Also I found Mushkin Blackline http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Quad-Kits/993995.aspx for 82 Euros ($110)
  4. To be honest I've always used corsair cards because no other brand is available in our country except gskill but they are much more expensive.
    I've used corsair XMS 3, vengeance and dominator cards and the dominator cards are the most overclockable and costliest among the lot.
    I currently have 1600MHz vengeance that I've overclocked to 1866MHz and am getting really nice results, so I'd tell you to go with this set.
    But I've heard really good things about gskill and mushkin too.
    All the three cards you selected are of same category and can be equally
    Dominator on the other hand can easily go from 1600MHz to 2400MHz without any problems.
    It'll be better if you post a link of the shop you will be buying from so I'd select you the cards.
  5. I dont have specific shop. Just go on German ebay - ebay.de and there you can search for specific model.

    For now I think that Corsair 16GB 1600 MHz Dual Channel is enough for me and my needs.
  6. Actually it is. Also he speed difference between 1600MHz and 1866MHz is really insignificant. Anyway if you want to overclock to 1866MHz use 9-10-9-24 at 1.55volts.
  7. Xttony said:
    Anyway if you want to overclock to 1866MHz use 9-10-9-24 at 1.55volts.
    Please let me know what you said in this post. I am total noob when it comes to RAM overclock :whistle:
  8. If you ever overclock the 1600MHZ cards to 1866MHz then set te timings to 9-10-9-27 and increase the voltage from 1.5 volts to 1.55 or 1.54 volts.
  9. OK. Thank you very much!
  10. Don't overclock if you don't know what you are doing. Like if you accidentally increase your CPU voltage to 1.55 volts rather than the ram voltage then it will fry the CPU.
  11. I must test stock configuration and if I notice that I need "more power" I will take large research here on forum. Thanx for advice.
  12. You will not need to increase the voltage until you overclock it. After you overclock the ram you will need to increase the voltage or there will be a significant speed loss.
  13. I don't think there is any difference.
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