Question Memory Speed Question

Xwolfgangx

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Hi,
I am upgrading to the ddr4 world after being on the i7-3770k-ddr3 world the past 10 years.
I am a budget builder (Im content being a few gens behind unless its GPU's) so I was looking for a system that will give me performance gains and could upgrade later on without changing almost everything.
I found a great deal (considering it was never used - New open tray) on a I7-5690x on ebay which I can upgrade to a 6950x or 6900k when the price falls
and I had a few questions.
  1. Intel states the max ram freq. is 2166, I know that number is usually higher but the only info I could find was that it could support up to 2666MHz. A lot of forums from when the chip was new state that the only way they were able to OC the ram past that while simultaneously OC'ing the 5960x past 4GHz was to increase the bus speed to 125MHz, something Id rather not do as its usually more unstable on the rest of the system from what I understand. However On the Asus website the motherboard I bought happens to state it supports up to 3200MHz memory https://origin-www.asus.com/Motherboards/X99A/specifications/
I was wondering if I bought a kit XMP rated at 3000MHz and updated the motherboard bios before updating XMP profile if it would work fine, even if I overclock the CPU cores and cache. Im specifically looking at the Corsair vengeance lpx 16gb (4 x 4gb) because the cpu supports quad channel memory.
Which brings me to question 2: is it worth it to get the 4x4gb in quad or get a 2x8GB in dual? I have 8 ram slots on the board, but want to avoid using 64gb since from what Ive heard it saturates the IMC and you will have a harder time overclocking the cpu and memory. will quad channel be faster than dual and does it effect my overclock stability. I mostly use my pc for 1080p gaming, video editing/watching, and cryptomining (33-33-33%) and its on 24-7.
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Depends on what you are paying for said processor. Looks about $150 on ebay.

For that you can just pick up a i5-10400 ($165) and be way better off.

Passmark:
i5-11400: 3064 single, 17636 multi
i5-10400: 2594 single, 12416 multi
i7-5960x: 1986 single , 12656 multi

Almost exactly the same total throughput, but much higher single core performance. Bump up to the 11400 or 11400F and you are doing even better. You can upgrade to an 8-core CPU like the 11700k/11900k at a later time.

With those choices, a cheap 3200Mhz DDR4 kit will do.
 

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Depends on what you are paying for said processor. Looks about $150 on ebay.

For that you can just pick up a i5-10400 ($165) and be way better off.

Passmark:
i5-11400: 3064 single, 17636 multi
i5-10400: 2594 single, 12416 multi
i7-5960x: 1986 single , 12656 multi

Almost exactly the same total throughput, but much higher single core performance. Bump up to the 11400 or 11400F and you are doing even better. You can upgrade to an 8-core CPU like the 11700k/11900k at a later time.

With those choices, a cheap 3200Mhz DDR4 kit will do.
I was tempted to go new all the way, but my friend gave me his x99 motherboard when he upgraded so I dont have to buy a motherboard if I go x99. I was able to get it for $150, and apparently its never been installed in a system before: View: https://imgur.com/KARtjmo
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View: https://imgur.com/nV0c2kG
so with the cpu and ddr4 its about $230 compared to $350 for a new mobo,cpu,ram, as long as its 25-40% faster than my 3770k im happy
 

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In that case, 4x4GB will do. Unlocked processor, so you should be able to just try out XMP and hope for the best. Worst case you can set the timings manually to a lower speed if the memory doesn't offer slower profiles. Up to the CPU, more or less.

They show kits as high as 3333 in the QVL, so I don't think 3000Mhz would be too hard.
 
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Xwolfgangx

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In that case, 4x4GB will do. Unlocked processor, so you should be able to just try out XMP and hope for the best. Worst case you can set the timings manually to a lower speed if the memory doesn't offer slower profiles. Up to the CPU, more or less.

They show kits as high as 3333 in the QVL, so I don't think 3000Mhz would be too hard.
Okiedoke, will update when the stuff gets here
 

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