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4x4 or 2x8


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#1 zantaff

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:59 AM

I know this answer has probably been asked, before, but I'm just comparing 2 kinds.
Running on an ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
Price vs Speed vs Compatibility vs Real World difference.

Kingston HyperX (4x4GB) ~ $60
DDR3 1600MHz
9-9-9-27

-or-

Komputerbay (2x8GB) ~ $65
DDR3 1600MHz
10-10-10-27

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:20 AM

Usually best to go with fewer number of larger sticks, 2X8 in your case. It is just easier from a compatability standpoint, and on a 2 channel memory controller, 2 sticks is all you need.

EDIT: Don't get hung up on timing. The difference between 9-9-9 and 10-10-10 isn't something you notice outside of benchmarks. More important is the speed (1600/1866/2133), and even that is not the big factor it once was. 1600 is the price/performance "happy" point.

Voltage. Try to find memory that runs it's advertised speed at 1.5v or lower. Less voltage=less heat=less memory controller stress.

Edited by dpunisher, 09 January 2013 - 05:41 AM.

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