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TheWildRose January 1, 2013 05:57 PM

Ram Latency and amount questions.
 
Okay, I found that the people in this forum seem to know what they were talking about.
I took the time to write an organized post about my question. I proceeded to press post and be alerted that I have been logged out. So this is the SECOND time I've had to write this.

Okay, So I'm building a new Workstation/Gaming rig, Main specs:

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
i7-3770k
GTX 680 2GB

I'll be doing a LOT of heavy gaming/multitasking.
A ton of heavy video editing/rendering in 1080p (And occasionally higher than 1080p)
Constant heavy multitasking.

What difference does CAS Latency make for this (Tight C9 vs Loose C9 vs tight C10)?
And I should be able to run 32GB of 1600Mhz C9 (9-9-9-24) RAM on this Motherboard/CPU, Right? (I don't want to buy 32GB of RAM that I can't use to full potential.)

I've been looking at Corsair RAM (They're the only brand I really trust for RAM, But I am open to recommendations)

Dominator Platinum 32GB 4x8GB (1600Mhz, 9-9-9-24 CAS)
Dominator Platinum 16GB 4x4GB (1866Mhz, 9-10-9-27 CAS)
Dominator 32GB 4x8GB (1600Mhz, 10-10-10-27 CAS)
Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB (1600Mhz, 9-9-9-24 CAS, And then the same model but 10-10-10-27 CAS)
--Edit As you might realize I'm trying to stick with a white/black/silver/gold colour theme, So if possible that's the colour scheme of RAM I would like to get--

I want to get 32GB if possible, I just want to make sure I'll be able to use the kit to it's full potential.

Thanks for any help and insight, and thanks for any RAM kit suggestions!
As I said I'm open to any 32GB kit as long as it's definitely good.

Sorry for being a bit disorganized, this is the second time I've had to write this post, as I've said.

dandelioneater January 1, 2013 06:10 PM

I would aim for a 2x8GB dual channel kit DDR3-1600 with 9-9-9-24 timings. Get 2 of the same kits for a total of 32GB RAM if you think you need the extra capacity. Corsair, GsKill, Kingston, are all good brands. The thing with ram is that you won't really notice any difference between a 1600 kit vs 1866 for games or any general use. Maybe for a Ram disk, but I don't think it would matter. Just get a good priced kit from a reputable brand.

enaberif January 1, 2013 06:16 PM

speed of ram doesn't play as much of a role in systems today unlike yesteryear systems.

just get the cheapest and amount you want and be done with it

TheWildRose January 1, 2013 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dandelioneater (Post 681468)
I would aim for a 2x8GB dual channel kit DDR3-1600 with 9-9-9-24 timings. Get 2 of the same kits for a total of 32GB RAM if you think you need the extra capacity. Corsair, GsKill, Kingston, are all good brands. The thing with ram is that you won't really notice any difference between a 1600 kit vs 1866 for games or any general use. Maybe for a Ram disk, but I don't think it would matter. Just get a good priced kit from a reputable brand.

Then wouldn't it be easier to just get a 32GB kit to start with?
Where I'm buying it's cheaper too.

TheWildRose January 1, 2013 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enaberif (Post 681469)
speed of ram doesn't play as much of a role in systems today unlike yesteryear systems.

just get the cheapest and amount you want and be done with it

Alright, thanks for the quick reply, really wasn't expecting that!

dandelioneater January 1, 2013 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheWildRose (Post 681471)
Then wouldn't it be easier to just get a 32GB kit to start with?
Where I'm buying it's cheaper too.

Yeah whichever is cheaper. dual channel vs quad channel doesn't matter. Get whatever combination is the best value.

Bond007 January 1, 2013 06:27 PM

I can't give any first hand experience on your question, but generally speaking gskill ram seems to be the go to for most people at this point. From reviews I have read memory frequency improves performance in applications like ones you use by marginal single digit % increases above 1600mhz. And timings generally had an even smaller impact. There was decent gains going up to 1600mhz though.

TheWildRose January 1, 2013 06:41 PM

Thanks everyone for the answers, I'll be going with the 32GB 10-10-10-27 kit.
It's a cheaper option and it's 32GB. So thanks everyone.
I'll definitely recommend this forum to people I know.


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