I’m mulling about buying an i7 7700k along with a gigabyte GA-Z270X gaming 7 for gaming and overclocking. I read a review that this board is really for DRAM overclocking. How big a deal is RAM overclocking?
2. How much memory should I buy, 32GB or 16GB?
3. I have a choice between:
i) G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz F4-3200C14D-32GTZ
ii) G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVKA
iii) G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM 3600 MHz F4-3600C16D-16GTZ
which one should I buy?
4. Is RAM overclocking safe?
Factors to look at for comparing memeory is the voltage requiements needed for a given speed.
The lower the votage requriements (for a given speed) the better the memeory.
The lower the timing requirements (for a given speed) the better the memory.
I guess a higher memory speed can be had if higher timings are used (but lower is better)
and extra voltage is used, more voltage means more heat and too much heat causes it’s own problems
Is it possible for a memory stick manufacture to fudge the numbers a little to sell more memory, maybe?
Depending on the game and OS requirements, 32GB might affer a benefit over 16GB.
I’m guessing the G.Skill TridentZ (32GB), with the “C14D” listing, is a litle better (timings wise) then the G.SKILL Ripjaws (32GB) with the “C16D” listing.