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    Question RAM Recommendations

    Hi there ROGgers!

    I would like to get some advice, regarding brands and frequency of RAM.

    I currently own a ASUS Maximus VIII Hero mobo and an i7 6700k Intel processor.

    Which ones are the best / recommend for my build?

    (Sorry for my english, since it isn't my main language.)

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    Information on your MB and type of RAM it supports: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Motherboa...pecifications/

    You'll want to find the fastest RAM (Mhz) with the lowest CAS latency. For example 3200Mhz with CL14 would be better than 3000Mhz CL16. You'll want this at the best price and quality.

    As for RAM manufacturers you can choose between Mushkin, Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, G. Skill and GeIL. These are the heavy hitters on the RAM scene, with GeIL the new kid in the North American market. I almost bought the GeIL White Dragon RAM to complement my white Z170-A but the prices rocketed up from $104.99 CAD to $172.00 CAD when the RAM became popular. So far Kingston (old build) and G.Skill (new build) are working very well for me. These are the two I would recommend, however I also heard great things about Mushkin and many on this forum use Corsair, as well.

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    Realize also that although the MB supports OC RAM to 3800MHz it does not mean the CPUs IMC will also work together.
    The i7 6700k officially supports up to 2133Mhz so you may have to Tweak your Primary Timings in Bios and your XMP profile may not work. It can be a frustrating exercise without guarantee so if you choose OC RAM, make sure you can return them if they don't play fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanMachine View Post
    Realize also that although the MB supports OC RAM to 3800MHz it does not mean the CPUs IMC will also work together.
    The i7 6700k officially supports up to 2133Mhz so you may have to Tweak your Primary Timings in Bios and your XMP profile may not work. It can be a frustrating exercise without guarantee so if you choose OC RAM, make sure you can return them if they don't play fair.
    RAM speed is dependent on MB support. The 6700K will handle RAM above 3400Mhz. It will be defaulted to 2133Mhz initially, but with XMP enabled the advertised speeds will be achieved. Or it can be tweaked manually.

    If someone is unable to clock their RAM above 2133Mhz chances are;

    1.) the MB doesn't support speeds above 2133Mhz,
    2.) 2133Mhz is the max frequency of the RAM,
    3.) RAM modules are defective, or
    4.) MB is defective.

    It has nothing to do with the CPU.

    Also keep in mind that RAM speed doesn't provide very noticeable gains. If you're benching and want to one up your best friends step sister then you want highest speed at lowest possible latency. Otherwise, this:

    http://techbuyersguru.com/gaming-ddr...vs-16gb?page=1

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    I'm sorry but I understand little about RAM...

    Checked out Kingston website and they have a memory search system, based on your current MoBo.

    Regarding my MoBo, they recommend the following:

    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2666MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2400MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2133MHz CL14 DIMM

    Which one should be the best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panzlock View Post
    RAM speed is dependent on MB support. The 6700K will handle RAM above 3400Mhz. It will be defaulted to 2133Mhz initially, but with XMP enabled the advertised speeds will be achieved. Or it can be tweaked manually.

    If someone is unable to clock their RAM above 2133Mhz chances are;

    1.) the MB doesn't support speeds above 2133Mhz,
    2.) 2133Mhz is the max frequency of the RAM,
    3.) RAM modules are defective, or
    4.) MB is defective.

    It has nothing to do with the CPU.

    Also keep in mind that RAM speed doesn't provide very noticeable gains. If you're benching and want to one up your best friends step sister then you want highest speed at lowest possible latency. Otherwise, this:

    http://techbuyersguru.com/gaming-ddr...vs-16gb?page=1
    We do not need to cross swords over this panzlock however you chose to quote me as if in contradiction.

    I understand your trying to help and answered and agreed with what I say except to state "It has nothing to do with the CPU" and that is incorrect.

    The CPU has a built in IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) and as you should know, not all chips are the same.

    The IMC links the CPU to memory and you have to take into account that overclocking the IMC may require voltage increases to Core or the CPU/NB. This may add unwanted heat to another wise stable system.
    It will depend on the strength of the IMC if OC RAM will work without Tweaking Bios as very often OC RAM does not meet JDEC standards and not all profiles for XMP work with OC RAM.
    I can cite many references to back up this fact.

    If you wish to provide proof of what you say then please present it otherwise please don't spread misinformation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cerbero View Post
    I'm sorry but I understand little about RAM...

    Checked out Kingston website and they have a memory search system, based on your current MoBo.

    Regarding my MoBo, they recommend the following:

    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2666MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2400MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2133MHz CL14 DIMM

    Which one should be the best?

    Your best bet is to consult with your MB QVL which lists tested RAM at differing frequencies and you can be assured they will work.
    Go here: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/...685.1486466646
    Kingston are a quality assured manufacturer that many people trust.
    As there are many RAM kits being released every month it is a good idea to update your Bios when new Bios becomes available.
    Last edited by MeanMachine; 02-20-2017 at 04:52 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanMachine View Post
    We do not need to cross swords over this panzlock however you chose to quote me as if in contradiction.

    I understand your trying to help and answered and agreed with what I say except to state "It has nothing to do with the CPU" and that is incorrect.

    The CPU has a built in IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) and as you should know, not all chips are the same.

    The IMC links the CPU to memory and you have to take into account that overclocking the IMC may require voltage increases to Core or the CPU/NB. This may add unwanted heat to another wise stable system.
    It will depend on the strength of the IMC if OC RAM will work without Tweaking Bios as very often OC RAM does not meet JDEC standards and not all profiles for XMP work with OC RAM.
    I can cite many references to back up this fact.

    If you wish to provide proof of what you say then please present it otherwise please don't spread misinformation.
    You're right. I shouldn't have said "nothing to do with the CPU" which is in fact incorrect. I mistakenly read your post as an absolute, but you did in fact specify "may not work", depending on the chip. There should be no reason the RAM can't be OC'd on the 6700K however, an XMP profile may not always run without a mild OC of the CPU. However, RAM, as you pointed out can also be tweaked...albeit with varying degrees of frustration.

    My XMP profile seems to run fine with the CPU at stock settings. But it's only to 3000.

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    G.skill tridentz 3200mhz 2x8gb, i have this kit and it's perfect. Experienced users in this forum recommended it. Also maximus viii hero, with i56600k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerbero View Post
    I'm sorry but I understand little about RAM...

    Checked out Kingston website and they have a memory search system, based on your current MoBo.

    Regarding my MoBo, they recommend the following:

    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2666MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2400MHz CL15 DIMM
    - FURY Memory Black - 16GB Kit* (2x8GB) - DDR4 2133MHz CL14 DIMM

    Which one should be the best?
    cerbero,
    Personally I stay away from memory frequencies that change the blck frequency from 100
    Out of those 3 kits I would purchase the 2400mhz kit, google the memory kits you are considering and you may find online reviews to read and help you be more informed on your purchase
    Make sure you purchase one kit with the capacity and speed you want, don't purchase one kit expecting to purchase another kit later to increase capacity at a later time as mixing kits even of the same brand and speed is not a good idea

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