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Old 29th April, 2009, 04:56 AM
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Question DDR3 question: or many

I've got just a little bit to learn before i by any of these things.
The only memory that i have some brand name faith in that is aproved for the 790i DDR3-1800 is ONLY one G. Skill F3-14400CL7D-2GBHZ. Newegg doesn't have them but google does. My question is I saw many 3 channel kits. Something I had never heard about. Why does it pop up in DDR3? Do all DDR3 boards capable of using it? Do you gain very much vs price?
just your basic guy who got hit thrown a curve ball. This stuff is a little diffeent!
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The 3 channel kits are for X58 boards with CoreI7 CPU's. Your board is only capable of running dual channel so pick up a dual channel kit.

As far as who's memory you should buy, EVGA will only list an approved list for what they have physically tested to run on the board, but there are only so many companies making IC's and only so many making PCB's. Companies such as G.Skill, OCZ etc etc, test the batches, speed rate them and assemble the memory for the most part.

My opinion is and pretty much will remain Corsair Dominators. They work in everything under the sun, they are reliable, fast and customer service is top notch.

DDR3 will perform best at high bus speeds, they have some inherent latency issues, plus most performance boards will set up secondary memory timings on the loose side. With the amount of perfomance memory on the market and timings being different across the board, they have to make some sacrifices in performance to ensure the rig will at least boot and run. Tuning the memory is where you will find a lot of performance. It also requires a lot of learning, alot of trial and error and a lot of patience..
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While i didn't understand everything, I do understand that the Corsair Dominators are what I'm going to start to learn about. Real high peformance isn't needed but a comprimise: price/quality/speed. I think you have named the quality.
I'm thinking the high speeds are a waste of my money-the DDR3-2000 would probably be foolish. so what is reasonable? is the 1800's just a little over the top and the 1600's a decent comprimise? Is there that much gain between the 3-given the same quality?
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1600 will give you plenty of room to play.
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thanks, now i'm in the ballpark. I may not know what game is bring played, but now I can find that out.
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