I'll be ordering memory tonight to replace my bum stick of ram. Heres the thing though I know some of you have recommended certain sticks of ram and I thank you for that. But my motherboard supports 8gigs at 2gigs per dimm.
My question is would I be better off getting 2x2gigs sticks of ram or should I just get 4x1gig sticks of ram because the 1gig sticks have better timings. My only problem is if I get 4x1gig sticks all my dimms are filled and if I decide to upgrade later basically the 1gig sticks go back in the box never to be used again. But heres the one's i've narrowed it down to. Also I'll just add right now I know 2 gigs is fine but its so cheap i'm getting 4 gigs now and saving myself the hassel down the road.
2X2 gig sticks
CORSAIR XMS2 (800)
Timings 5,5,5,18 Voltage Not listed review suggest between 1.8-1.9Volts $269.99 w/heat spreader.
G.SKILL 4GB (800)
5,5,5,15 timings Voltage 1.8-1.9 volts $209.99 w/heat spreader.
G.SKILL 4GB (667)
4,4,4,12 timings Voltage 1.8-1.9 volts $199.99 w/heatspreader
So the best 2X2 gig sticks would appear to be the G.Skill (800) with the lowest timings at 5,5,5,15 or would the G.SKill (667) with 4,4,4,12 timings actually be faster even though its clock is lower?
Now the selection of 4X1 gig sticks
. Please note buffalo firesticks are not on the list because there out of stock at newegg currently.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (800)
4,4,4,12 timings voltage 2.2Volts $139.99X2 = $279.98
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (800)
4,4,4,12 timings voltage 2.2 volts $114.99X2= $229.98
G.SKILL 2GB (800)
4,4,4,12 timings voltage 2.0-2.1 volts $114.99X2 = $229.98
G.SKILL 2GB (800 low latency)
4,4,3,5 timings voltage 2.0-2.1 volts $104.99X2= $209.98
G.SKILL 2GB (800)
4,4,4,12 timings voltage 1.9-2.0 volts $89.99X2= $179.98
So looking at these I would think the best would be the G skill low latency with the lowest timings and 2.1volts but why is it slow low priced? I mean it is getting good reviews just curious. Then you have say the cruical ballistics with 4,4,4,12 timings but running at 2.2volts. Does more volts mean anything really? My board supports up to 2.65 volts.
One other thing I was also looking at ram coolers. Would it be worth it to buy something like this or would it interfere with my airflow? CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans