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Windows 7: DDR 3 ram choices

04 Oct 2010   #1
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
DDR 3 ram choices

I know there are a lot of ram threads open so sorry if one like this already exists,but i bought a Motherboard that supports ddr3 triple channel ram,but the ram are expensive and different makes and speed,i am gonna get windows 7 64bit(currently only have 32bit) so it can support more than 4gig ram,i am looking at 6 or maybe 8gig if not way out of price reach and doesn't have any like heat problems or shit like that.

So my quistion is this,what would be the best choice of triple channel ddr3 ram when considering price and performance on a 64 bit and also the make like Kingston ext.? Also currently i have 4 gig of ddr3 ram(2x2) but windows 32bit when looking at system info it reads 4gig but uses only 2.99,previously it used 3.25(before i upgrade mb,cpu,psu and ram)Why now only 2.99?


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04 Oct 2010   #2
WhiteCoon

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corsair do a good triple channel kit mostly 3x 2gb kits for a good price (can be quite expensive with the best/fastest ram) and 6x2gb kits.

Haven't heard much about the performance but kingston do a 3 x 4gb kit.
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04 Oct 2010   #3
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Oh...4x3...that more than i thought,do you know the speed and prices?
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04 Oct 2010   #4
MK2

 
 

Hi,

It would be handy to know what your budget is.
I use the 6GB OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK kit. It's 1600Mhz with CL7 latency. I thought it had a good price/performance ratio and I am very happy with it.
Could not find it on Newegg but this one is also nice: Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C6LV6GK

MK2
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04 Oct 2010   #5
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanx MK2,like your choice of ram,my price range would be like...um....for the 6gig or maybe 8gig about R2000,Dont know what price currency in other countries are,but that works out at 220-250 dollars.
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04 Oct 2010   #6
madtownidiot

 

You'll get the best performance out of whatever memory you choose by going with a matched set of 3 DIMMs, otherwise you can't use triple channel mode.. which can be explained most simply by comparing it to a raid 0 HDD setup .. the same way DDR2 only works in dual channel mode with matching pairs, DDR3 triple channel mode only works with matching sets of three.

My advice: get a 3rd DIMM of the exact same memory you already have installed and enable triple channel mode in BIOS. That would give you a bigger boost in performance than buying any other pair of DIMMS.. (even if you got a pair of 2x4GB DIMMs) and you'll keep the option to add a second matched set of 3, if you decide to add more later

Even if they're not the same capacity as the first matched set, you'd still have triple channel mode if you later added a 2nd matched set (say 3x4GB).. DDR3 is going to keep dropping in price. DDR4 is already here.. but probably won't be manufactured in enough quantity for the mass computer market for at least another year
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04 Oct 2010   #7
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

madtownidiot.Cool,but see i have 1600 ddr3 2x2 sticks so 4gig,and they come in a pack of 2,so will then have 8gig,but i thought triple channel was a certain tipe,not like any 3.But that would work out nicely,but would be cheaper to by a new set of 3x2 ddr,or what? Also my board has 6 ram slots,so 6-1gigs? or even 6-2gigs?
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04 Oct 2010   #8
MK2

 
 

My pleasure, as madtownidiot suggest it's best to stay with tripple channel and a matched set. I don't know what you are using your computer for but 6GB of RAM is usually more then enough. With the budget you have you also could look at RAM with a higher speed together with low latency. The fastest RAM is always the RAM with the highest speed and lowest latency. Ofcourse Kingston and Corsair are good choices as well.

MK2
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04 Oct 2010   #9
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

MK2, I am looking at ram above the 1600 speeds,like 2000 or so,and i like Kingston they have nice performances.And my rig is built for games and drawing.So it would be smarter to get just 1 extra ram of the same tipe,but like i said it only comes in 2x2,so 4 sticks=8gig,which is great,but the ram i got is a bit rare.
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04 Oct 2010   #10
MK2

 
 

At the moment i'm looking as well for RAM around the 2000Mhz for my next upgrade, but I could not find that much I like. Most of the RAM at 2000Mhz has higher latencys.
The only ones I could find I like are the Corsair Dominator GT CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 wich is very expensive: https://shop.corsair.com/store/item_view.aspx?id=766411
The Gskill F3-16000CL6T-6GBPID wich I can't find in The Netherlands: G.SKILL-Products this is the one I would prefer the most because it is guaranteed to work with my Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard and the OCZ Reaper OCZ3RPR2000C6LV6GK wich is about 350 dollar: OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000 CL6 Edition Reaper Low-Voltage Triple Channel OCZ Technology

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