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Windows 7: Which ram or memory to choose for i7 3930K

24 Feb 2013   #1
KKS21199

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Which ram or memory to choose for i7 3930K

Hello, guys here are some products listed below,
  • Intel Core i7 3930K
  • Sapphire HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Graphic Card/GPU
  • Asus p9x79 motherboard
  • CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • and 2 ssd + i 2tb hard drive

what memory/ ram should use with the speed ?
Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD16GX3M2A2400C10 16GB(2x8gb) 2400mhz
i want to use it but what is the difference between corsair and apacer

could i use this ram Apacer ARES Series DDR3-2400 16GB RAM

help me choose


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24 Feb 2013   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

It won't matter what you get, any PC3-12800 DDR3 (1600MHz) Will be perfectly fine and fast. But you should get a quad channel kit one that has four sticks not 2. (4x4GB = 16GB) unless you plan to go to 32GB (4x8GB)
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24 Feb 2013   #3
KKS21199

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

what is quad channel ?

and also i am going to overclock my PC so i think a faster ram will help, right or not?? i am going to overclock it to nearly 4.8GHz which is possible because i have seen some videos where they overclock to 7.0GHz
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24 Feb 2013   #4
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KKS21199 View Post
what is quad channel
Multi-channel memory architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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24 Feb 2013   #5
KKS21199

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote:
The architecture can only be used when all four, or a multiple of four, memory modules are identical in capacity and speed, and are placed in quad-channel slots. When two memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in dual-channel architecture mode. When three memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in triple-channel architecture mode
So it means that if I get this motherboard,



there are 8 slots and so i have to use the 8 slots to get quad channel ??

or can i use 4 for getting quad channel and where should i insert the 4 ram (like insert one leave one and inert another one) so i can get quad channel
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24 Feb 2013   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You only need four DIM slots to get quad channel. If you are using/getting an i7-3930K then the motherboard will have at least four DIM slots for quad-channel memory. You can get one with 8 DIM slots if you want even more memory expansion bit it is not required.

Faster RAM will not really help all that much with overclocking the CPU. But if you have the money...buy as fast and as much RAM as you can.
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24 Feb 2013   #7
KKS21199

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

ok thanks
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24 Feb 2013   #8
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

One note: The i series processors require RAM that is either 1.5v or 1.65v. Running higher voltage RAM with the 3830K could damage it. I try and stick with 1.5v RAM because that is what Intel specifies.
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24 Feb 2013   #9
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
One note: The i series processors require RAM that is either 1.5v or 1.65v. Running higher voltage RAM with the 3830K could damage it. I try and stick with 1.5v RAM because that is what Intel specifies.
I'm running 1.65V RAM on my Asus P9X79 Pro. The RAM is from Asus' QVL (qualified vendors list).

Maybe 1.5V would be better, but somehow I'm not worried.
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24 Feb 2013   #10
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KKS21199 View Post
Quote:
The architecture can only be used when all four, or a multiple of four, memory modules are identical in capacity and speed, and are placed in quad-channel slots. When two memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in dual-channel architecture mode. When three memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in triple-channel architecture mode
So it means that if I get this motherboard,

(snip)

there are 8 slots and so i have to use the 8 slots to get quad channel ??

or can i use 4 for getting quad channel and where should i insert the 4 ram (like insert one leave one and inert another one) so i can get quad channel
You get 4 channel with either 4 or 8 DIMMs. All of the DIMMs in one set of 4 have to be the same size, but if you use 2 sets, the sets can be of different capacity. (Example: you could combine 4X4GB with 4X8GB, to get 48GB total.)

Asus makes their motherboard manuals available for download:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

I suggest that you download one or two and read the relevant parts. They aren't primers, but they will tell you Asus' requirements.

The P9X79 Pro manual includes the QVL (qualified vendors list) for RAM. There are only a couple of entries on it for DDR3 2400, and they are 2GB DIMMs.

Here's what Newegg has for 4 X 4GB DDR3-2400:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Memory, Desktop Memory, 16GB (4 x 4GB), DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)

and 4 X 8GB:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Memory, Desktop Memory, DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200), 32GB (4 x 8GB)

Newegg only ships to the US and Canada, but even if you can't (or won't) use them, it's a useful snapshot of what is available.

All of the above DIMMs are 1.65V, and you'd have to check the individual manufacturers for compatibility with the Asus board, but I hope that the information is helpful.
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