6x2GB DDR3 1600MHz or 6x4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Hello guys. I guess you won't see this question asked very often. What would you buy, 12GB DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 1.65V with heat spreaders or 24GB DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9-25 1.5V without heat spreaders? I know that 12GB is enough for now, but I expect that by the end of next year, 12GB would be the norm for top Intel platforms.
I often use multiple VMs (2 or 3), for certain programming projects, also a heavy Photoshop (ab)user, I have multiple IDE's open all the time, a couple of database servers also an apache server with multiple modules installed and other stuff that can eat up RAM really fast.
The kits in question are made by Kingston, the only other manufacturer I trust is Mushkin. Corsair has fallen from my graces due to multiple defective DDR2 kits I had in the past.
I use an overclocked i7 930 CPU (3.5 - 4.2 depending on my needs) and a Gigabyte X58A-UD7.
As for the price of the kits, the 24GB kit is just 30% more expensive then the 12GB kit. Both kits are 6 modules, also I will not be able to buy 3x4GB now and 3x4 "later" since DDR3 kits become EOL very quickly and I do not want to run mismatched modules (I know it should work)...
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