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Old January 12, 2012, 08:25 AM
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Hello folks!

I have a rig of i7 980x, EVGA x58 4 way motherboard with 3x 480gtx (had 4 but the one stopped working a month ago) and I am looking for the best ram to go with it.

The rig was built since those products were released. I bought i7 980x first week of release and since the motherboard came out, I built it up.

Currently for RAM I use a 12GB OCZ REAPER HPC SERIES which were the ram designed for my mobo and CPU back then.

Specifically I am using these ones: OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Reaper Ultra Low Voltage CL7 Triple Channel - OCZ

I believe after almost 2 years, there are many new DDR3 Rams that will outperform those 12GB and since I am able to afford new RAM, I am looking for the best.

I have seen so many reviews and comparisons but I'd like an advice from people who used the ram for a good amount of time to recommend me something new and awesome.

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Also forgot to mention, I am running on a full Koolance watercooling on the CPU and graphics cards. And my hard drives are all SSD OCZ Vertex II.
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Old January 12, 2012, 08:45 AM
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I think two kits of this will do just fine.

Buy Corsair Vengeance 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 XMP Triple Channel Core i7 Memory

That or you could just grab 3 8GB kits like Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.25V Memory Kit or similar

If you have loads of money to blow you can go with a 3x high end kit like Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL6Q-8GBPI Pi Series 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL6-8-6-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
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Old January 12, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Wow! The Last ones blown my mind. Such a big capacity and so low CAS latency? Is there any known good benchmarks about them?

Thank you sir. Highly appreciated.
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Old January 12, 2012, 09:09 AM
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No problem, welcome to HWC :)

The difference between 24GB of the Vengeance at 1600 9-9-9 vs. the 24GB PI at 1600 6-8-6 is going to be very minimal. Im talking less than 1% in most benchmarks. You get a lot of performance from trcd which is only 8 vs 9, cas 6 vs cas 9 isnt a huge difference. Whether or not that is worth an extra $230 that is your call To me, definitely not.

I should also add that there is also no guarantee that 3 kits are going to run at that speed with 6-8-6 as the specs are per kit. I would guess they would but you never know.
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Old January 12, 2012, 10:55 AM
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first off i cant stand corsair memory anymore
if you get the 8.16 revision its a nightmare

gskills got the best ram these days \they dont bin tight like corsair

that gskills kits eldonko posted is killer
cas6 with 4gb sticks
980x imc is strong
odds are to run6 stix gonna be easier with lower speed + lower cas than higher speed
that ram would be my first choice
and anything that can run cas 6 can do 2000mhz+

i personally bought this
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

clockin to 2250mhz cas9 on p67
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Old January 12, 2012, 11:23 AM
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Thank you both for your replies and recommendations.

As far as I thought (when I used to study this stuff before I built my rig / 2 years ago) the less Cas the better, no matter the Mhz and thats why I went with 12GB Cas 7, from OCZ. To be honest I am not that disappointed but since I have the choice to double up the Ram size and get something more rock solid nowadays thats why I'm looking for something new.

@Eldonko I see your point and you are definitely right but that Cas 6 on 24GB I've never seen it before. It's shocking. So I go with Vengeance ?

@zsamz_ How come you bought the Ripjaws and not the Vengeance? Vengeance looks cheaper and much less timings. Is it for the Mhz?
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Old January 12, 2012, 11:36 AM
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I would go with the Vengeance yeah, it is the best for the $$ IMO. Or Mushkin has a similar kit around the same price if you have a brand pref.

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory - Mushkin Enhanced - 998776
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One cautionary note: According to data compiled by CERN, odds of suffering a single-bit in-memory data corruption with 24GB of non-ECC RAM installed and addressable is 7.2%. Data corruption can suck at the best of times, but when it happens in-memory, it can lead to the entire filesystem being pooched.

Meanwhile, with ECC RAM, the odds of suffering an unrecoverable double-bit in-memory data corruption with 24GB installed is just 0.000005%.

Take that for what it's worth. Obviously not all systems demand that kind of security - e.g., ECC is turned off in all of my folding boxes no matter how much RAM they have. But you better believe it's turned on in my fileserver.
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Thank you both for your replies and recommendations.

@zsamz_ How come you bought the Ripjaws and not the Vengeance? Vengeance looks cheaper and much less timings. Is it for the Mhz?

i bought them for specific ics
i wanted a kit that will do 2250 cas9
i have no intention to run anything lower than cas9
on x58 i ran 6-6-6
sandybridge doesn't care for low cas

i bought my kid a set of the 1600mhz snipers they overclocked to 2050mhz
freind has a set of 1866 vengeance n barely does 1900 lol

my ram can be pink as far as i'm concerned as long as they clock
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One cautionary note: According to data compiled by CERN, odds of suffering a single-bit in-memory data corruption with 24GB of non-ECC RAM installed and addressable is 7.2%. Data corruption can suck at the best of times, but when it happens in-memory, it can lead to the entire filesystem being pooched.

Meanwhile, with ECC RAM, the odds of suffering an unrecoverable double-bit in-memory data corruption with 24GB installed is just 0.000005%.

Take that for what it's worth. Obviously not all systems demand that kind of security - e.g., ECC is turned off in all of my folding boxes no matter how much RAM they have. But you better believe it's turned on in my fileserver.
Interesting information, but what do those numbers represent? I mean, 7.2% of what?
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