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#1 vigge_sWe

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:52 AM

So currently I got 6(3x2)GB Corsair Dominator 2000MHz RAM, and I thought this would be enough for me, as 4GB has been enough on my older computers, but I guess I'm wrong, as I get a lot of memory running low while playing games and having a browser open at the same time, or photoshop + browser, which I usually do.

Anyway, I'm gonna go update to 12 (3x4)GB. I saw some Corsair XMS3 Vengeance CL10 3x4GB and a Corsair XMS3 CL9 3x4GB RAM, both 2000MHz, because I thought they have the same speed/freq as the one I got now, and I thought, maybe wrongly, the faster the better? Both are about $185 on the Swedish market.

Then, some guys said the freq doesn't really matter and I should go with some cheaper 1333MHz corsair (or similar brand) ones instead. How may it affect me if I go with some cheaper 1333MHz RAM instead? If you wonder what I'm using my computer for, it's mainly surfing and coding, working with photoshop, play a game or two once in a while and occasionally render some 3D stuff with Mental Ray.

Also, I got an Intel i7 950 3.06GHz CPU.

What do you recommend? Would using 1333MHz RAM affect my performance in a noticeable way?

EDIT: I noticed now that this forum maybe was the wrong one, and it should have gone in the "System Building and Upgrading" forum instead. If so, can someone please excuse me and move this?

Edited by vigge_sWe, 26 October 2011 - 08:54 AM.


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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:53 PM

If your doing major rendering the more ram the better.

Ram is dirt cheap these days but they all have to be supported by your motherboard. The rams speed has a big differences if you have mis match in frequencies it will run slower or the same speed that it was desing to run in the bus. to get accreted information we would need your Motherboard Model or a link to it.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:12 AM

In certain tasks, the ram frequency really comes into play.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

If your doing major rendering the more ram the better.

Ram is dirt cheap these days but they all have to be supported by your motherboard. The rams speed has a big differences if you have mis match in frequencies it will run slower or the same speed that it was desing to run in the bus. to get accreted information we would need your Motherboard Model or a link to it.


I only do rendering occasionally if I don't have anything else to do, like a hobby :P.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. I plan replacing the RAM I got now (3x2GB) with 3x4GB, as it seems cheaper that way.

I just got BF3 and I'm disappointed that it wont run with 6GB RAM installed (as you have to start it from a browser, and I have Skype running to chat with my gaming friends, leaving with about 2.5GB RAM for BF3, which doesn't seem enough because BF3 and Origin crashes after 10mins or so on low RAM).

Edit: Would this be good: http://www.prisjakt.nu/produkt.php?p=772304? It seems to be the cheapest 3x4GB RAM around from corsair

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:07 AM

Wow, you really need more ram for multi-tasking. That Corsair ram should do the trick.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:40 PM

Well your Motherboard will support the following information
6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory(Note 1)
Dual/3 channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

the QVL only test out some but not all of the memory modules so I have to go by your memory specs not by the list.


Corsair, G-Skills, Kingston have lifetime warranty

what you have will be supported and this http://www.corsair.com/memory/intel-memory-upgrades/triple-channel-intel-memory-upgrade-kits/cmp12gx3m3a1600c9.html has a fan included but 169.99

It would probably be best to max your ram out go full 24GB since your rendering. It your called if you max out your system and it still want more ram than we have to figure it out about why its eating up your ram

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:46 PM

Well your Motherboard will support the following information
6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory(Note 1)
Dual/3 channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

the QVL only test out some but not all of the memory modules so I have to go by your memory specs not by the list.


Corsair, G-Skills, Kingston have lifetime warranty

what you have will be supported and this http://www.corsair.com/memory/intel-memory-upgrades/triple-channel-intel-memory-upgrade-kits/cmp12gx3m3a1600c9.html has a fan included but 169.99

It would probably be best to max your ram out go full 24GB since your rendering. It your called if you max out your system and it still want more ram than we have to figure it out about why its eating up your ram


You said the motherboard supports 6 x 1.5V RAM, yet that one you linked is 1.65V. It's also almost twice as expensive as the vengeance I linked, is it really worth the price?

Also, as I said, I do 3D rendering very rarely as a hobby if I get bored, it's never any large scenes a pro would do, I'm kind of a beginner at it, I just like to experiment around a bit. I don't think 24GB would be worth it based on the few occasions I do render

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:57 AM

Then a simple 8GB to 12GB of ram would do.

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