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I7 3770k RAM Speeds Compatibility (help)

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November 2, 2012 3:51:29 AM

Ok, so I have my PC build just about done and I have decided to switch processors from the 3570k to the 3770k mainly for the HT for video editing and small graphic design stuff. So my question is, What RAM Speeds can I achieve or should i be looking for. I would really like to go with 16GB of 2133MHz, but this http://processors.findthebest.com/l/813/Intel-i7-3770K Says, "memory Supported, DDR3 1333- DDR3 1600. Can I still overclock to a higher speed on the RAM. If I buy 2133 will it not work at all or just reduce speed? or do I have to buy 1600MHz RAM and OC it? Also should I be looking for dual channel memory or quad channel memory. Please keep in mind the RAM also needs to be compatible with the ASUS Sabertooth Z77... I had a list of compatible RAM for the mobo, but I cant find it.

Any help or advice is appreciated, and thanks in advance.
November 2, 2012 3:57:01 AM

It'll work just fine (2133 RAM), it's just that there's not much real world difference between 1600 and 2133 with a current Intel CPU. 1600 is the sweet spot.

And here's the RAM QVL http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/SABERTOOTH_... but it doesn't necessarily mean much because a lot of modules that will work aren't listed.

Also, you're limited to Dual Channel with LGA 1155. You can buy a Quad Channel kit, but it'll end up in Dual Channel mode.
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November 2, 2012 3:58:37 AM

if your motherboard supports intel xmp than you would change the settings in the menu,but anything over 1600mhz isnt going to yield you any real world performance rather than bench marking numbers
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November 2, 2012 3:58:45 AM

Intel XMP Profile will let you achieve 2133Mhz VERY easily on your RAM. Since you have an ASUS board, look at the QVL in your motherboard manual to find a kit that is 100% fool proof.

Also, keep in mind performance gains past 1866Mhz isn't worth the cost IMO.
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November 2, 2012 3:59:38 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
It'll work just fine (2133 RAM), it's just that there's not much real world difference between 1600 and 2133 with a current Intel CPU. 1600 is the sweet spot.

And here's the RAM QVL http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/SABERTOOTH_... but it doesn't necessarily mean much because a lot of modules that will work aren't listed.

Also, you're limited to Dual Channel with LGA 1155. You can buy a Quad Channel kit, but it'll end up in Dual Channel mode.

Darn it, I swear we're always targeting the same threads or something :lol:  Either you beat me or I beat you to a topic.
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November 2, 2012 4:00:04 AM

mocchan said:
Darn it, I swear we're always targeting the same threads or something :lol:  Either you beat me or I beat you to a topic.


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November 2, 2012 4:25:56 AM

Wow, thank you. This was very helpful and quickly responded to. You guys/gals have answered all my questions thanks. You may close the thread now.
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November 2, 2012 4:26:38 AM

You have to choose a best answer for the thread to be "officially" closed, but choose whomever you wish. :) 
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