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Making sense of RAM options

135 28 September 4, 2020 at 04:12 PM
Hi Everyone,

I want to add another 16gb of DDR4 RAM to my PC. I currently have 16gb of DDR4-3000 (PC4-24000) with 15-16-16-35 timings.

I'm having a hard time finding new modules with those timings. How close do I need to be or what's a good spec to meet? I've been reading RAM selection guides and it seems some folks don't think timings are as important as speed, etc. and I'm getting a bit confused.

Thanks!

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Do you have AMD Ryzen or Intel? Ryzen tends to be more dependent on RAM speed, Intel less so. Unless you are an extreme gamer you likely won't notice any difference if you buy slightly slower RAM anyway. There's simply not much practical difference, so if you can't match specs perfectly it's not the end of the world
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just buy the same brand as what you have now
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I tried finding the same RAM but haven't had a lot of luck. The sticks in there are G.Skill F4-3000C15-8GVKB.

As far as the CPU, it's just an Intel i5-6600k with an MSI Z170A PC-Mate motherboard.
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Probably not what retailers want to hear, but Amazon takes returns if you mess up.

* I love Newegg, but I have to pay to ship returns to them.
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Quote from TeeDub
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Probably not what retailers want to hear, but Amazon takes returns if you mess up.

* I love Newegg, but I have to pay to ship returns to them.
Amazon will likely charge you to return RAM as well, but the shipping speed will be about 2 weeks faster than Newegg in my recent experience.

Newegg rocked in 2005 but lately... Eh...
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Crucial is also a good place to look

90 bucks

https://www.crucial.com/memory/dd...g30c15u4rl

Speed - DDR4-3000
Warranty - Limited 10-year warranty
CAS latency - 15
DRAM family - Ballistix
Density - 16GB Kit (8GBx2)
Brand - Crucial
Module type - UDIMM
Extended timings - 15-16-16-35
Form factor - UDIMM
Technology - DDR4
Voltage - 1.35V
PC speed - PC4-24000
Kit Qty - 2
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Amazon will likely charge you to return RAM as well, but the shipping speed will be about 2 weeks faster than Newegg in my recent experience.

Newegg rocked in 2005 but lately... Eh...

You are probably right. I have noticed that it often depends on the reason you select for the return (and whether you ship it back or drop it off at Kohl's or someplace that accepts Amazon returns.)
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we had a discussion about this topic in a deal thread. https://slickdeals.net/f/14295812-32gb-2x-16-g-skill-ripjaws-v-series-ddr4-3200-desktop-ram-kit-100-newegg?v=1&p=139887272#post139887272

the TLDR: you want 2 or 4 sticks dimms. if you mix kits, you might have to loosen the timings (manual vs XMP preset).

from a technical perspective (access latency), your RAM is the same speed as DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) with 16-18-18-38 timings. my 2 cents, check the cost of a a 16gb kit that matches closely to what you have and check the pricing on a 32gb 3200 CAS16 kit. for me the cost is 90 vs 120, so i'd probably go the 32gb route and resell my used RAM.
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