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1 x 8GB or 2 x 4GB

What should I do?

  • Get 2 x 4GB.

    Votes: 34 81.0%
  • Get 1 x 8GB.

    Votes: 8 19.0%

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#27
1866mhz is faster. I doubt you will notice the difference. $8 isn't much so its up to you if you value the extra speed.
 
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#28
currently using 1x8gb and nope no big difference with my previous 2x4gb so next month i can go 2x8gb instead of being lockdown by 2x4gb +2x4gb ... let's say future proofing even if no games require more than 8gb atm (plus the 8gb single was priced lower than a 2x4gb same brand same specs :roll: )

dual channel single channel triple channel quad channel : no "major" differences for gaming.
 
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#29
2x4GB

"What sounds like happened to you is the exception to the rule, not the rule." - Its commonly held, and for good reason, to not mix and match sticks as it can cause instability. Setting mismatched sticks to the slowest timings/speeds will minimize that problem, but without a doubt, that is not an exception, but a rule.
 
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#30
currently using 1x8gb and nope no big difference with my previous 2x4gb so next month i can go 2x8gb instead of being lockdown by 2x4gb +2x4gb ... let's say future proofing even if no games require more than 8gb atm (plus the 8gb single was priced lower than a 2x4gb same brand same specs :roll: ).
I'd hardly say being stuck with 4x4GB 'lockdown', as you put it. As I said earlier, by the time people will need to go beyond 16GB for games, DDR4 would be prevalent. 2X8GB will allow you to go beyond 16GB, but how likely is it that anyone really would? Pointless for games and, apart from the very specialized uses, there is absolutely no need to (unless of course you have the finances to say "why the hell not?").
 
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#31
Okay thanks for all your help getting 2x4gb. DDR3 1600 or 1866hz? their is a 8$ dollars difference.
1866MHz will be faster if they both have the same CAS timings (i.e. both have CL9), but in reality you won't notice much difference between DDR3 1600MHz and 1866MHz in real world applications.

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#32
currently using 1x8gb and nope no big difference with my previous 2x4gb so next month i can go 2x8gb instead of being lockdown by 2x4gb +2x4gb ... let's say future proofing even if no games require more than 8gb atm (plus the 8gb single was priced lower than a 2x4gb same brand same specs :roll: )

dual channel single channel triple channel quad channel : no "major" differences for gaming.
I have noticed a slight difference in daily use, not gaming, between single channel and dual channel such as desktop responsiveness.
 

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#33
It depens on what you're doing. And if you plan to get 2x 4gb ram, but you're planning to add 2x 4gb more in the future, you should make sure your motherboard supports quad channel memory (= you may use 4x ram at the same time). Mostly if you're into video/picture editing, you'd like to have 16gb ram and if your mobo doesnt support quad channel, you cant use 4x 4gb to get total 16gb, so you must get 2x 8gb to get the 16. For gaming 8gb is enough.
For MHz/speed I'd recommend to start from 1600. Check that the cas latency is 9 or 10, then you should be fine. :)
 

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2133 CAS9 is the sweet spot it seems.
 

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It depens on what you're doing. And if you plan to get 2x 4gb ram, but you're planning to add 2x 4gb more in the future, you should make sure your motherboard supports quad channel memory (= you may use 4x ram at the same time). Mostly if you're into video/picture editing, you'd like to have 16gb ram and if your mobo doesnt support quad channel, you cant use 4x 4gb to get total 16gb, so you must get 2x 8gb to get the 16. For gaming 8gb is enough.
For MHz/speed I'd recommend to start from 1600. Check that the cas latency is 9 or 10, then you should be fine. :)
Sorry for double post, but no. He doesn't need to have a quad channel motherboard (x79/2011) to run 4 sticks of memory. Even on lga1155/1150 its still running dual channel with 4 sticks. There are 2 seperate channels. A1/A2 and B1/B2. Running 4 sticks on socket 1150 is a little bit quicker than 2 it seems though.
 
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#37
Thanks for your help guys and sorry late answer. I haven't bought my rig yet because the H220X isn't available yet and while checking reviews to kill time, I discovered you could overclock memory too. Why should I pay more to get a DDR3 1866 MHZ or a DDR3 2133 MHz stick when I can just overclock a cheaper DDR3 1333 mhz one. Does the higher base clock speed stick overclock better? And is there any utility in
 

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#38
Thanks for your help guys and sorry late answer. I haven't bought my rig yet because the H220X isn't available yet and while checking reviews to kill time, I discovered you could overclock memory too. Why should I pay more to get a DDR3 1866 MHZ or a DDR3 2133 MHz stick when I can just overclock a cheaper DDR3 1333 mhz one. Does the higher base clock speed stick overclock better? And is there any utility in
A 1333mhz kit is likely not binned as well so you probably won't hit the same clocks as one that is rated for said higher speed. Go with a 2133mhz kit. Its the sweet spot like I've said many times.
 

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I agree with MxPhenom. 2133 is going to get you somewhere vs 1333
 
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I agree as well, 2133 kit as cas 9 is the best point at the moment for DDR3.
 
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#41
A 1333mhz kit is likely not binned as well so you probably won't hit the same clocks as one that is rated for said higher speed. Go with a 2133mhz kit. Its the sweet spot like I've said many times.
Maybe... Cough samsung low profs... COUGH. :p

Generally that may be right, but also consider that 1333 sticks at 1.35v could easily reach 1866/2133 at 1.5/1.65v or even the 1.5v could get there at 1.65v. ;)

That said,1866/2133 CL9 FTW. No reason to play games with less, no reason to pay more for nothing!
 
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Read this to see what kind of real world benefits you can see from faster ram.
 
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#43
When overcloking the CPU, does the speed of the memory is working makes a differences?

And okay I'll try to get at least 1866 mhz.
 

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When overcloking the CPU, does the speed of the memory is working makes a differences?

And okay I'll try to get at least 1866 mhz.
When overclocking the CPU, I try to drop the memory clock to whatever the BIOS wants to set to by default/auto so usually 1333mhz to take any memory instability out of the equation when trying to find a stable overclock. When I do find a stable CPU clock, and enable XMP or whatever the memory should be set too.