[SOLVED] Ram Upgrade for new CPU

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Sup, my ryzen 5600x is coming in this monday and I just bought an Msi MPG B550 Gaming Plus from best buy. But I definately need a ram upgrade since I onyl have 2400 mhz ram. But I just dont know which ram set to get, I definately want 16 gb. I don't think I need 32 gigs. Im just shooting for 16 gb 2x8. Something fast to work with my CPU. Thank you!

Heres the build: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/SaltedClorox/saved/VmTt8d

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it honestly doesn't make any real difference having your RAM split into 4 sticks vs 2 sticks since it's all dual channel regardless.
Having 4 sticks just looks nicer since it fills out the slots on the board, but 4x4 kits cost more money.

And 3200MHz is WAY faster than 2400MHz.
By a long shot.
Not to mention that the general performance of Ryzen CPU's is heavily tied into the RAM speed.
To help put that into context it's basically like this:

We all know that core count/thread count is important.
We all know that clock speeds are super important.

But with Ryzen, RAM speed is extra important as well.

Let's take this as an example.
You have a Ryzen CPU (doesn't matter which one)
It's clock speed is locked in at 3.8GHz on all cores.
That CPU when put to the test, will perform slower and worse at tasks when paired with RAM that runs at 2400MHz than it will with RAM at 3200MHz.

Doesn't matter. Plain and simple, the faster the RAM, the better performance you get from the CPU when compared to running slower RAM on that same CPU.

However, there is a point where you get diminishing returns on performance uplift once you go above a certain speed on the RAM.

This turning point is 3200MHz.

Going from 2400MHz and up to 3200MHz you see huge performance uplift as you go up in speed.
But once you start going past 3200MHz, the uplift in performance is much smaller in increments, but you spend a lot more money to get those higher speeds making the investment not very worth it for the average consumer who wants to save their money.

Not to mention that going above 3200MHz will most likely require you to buy specific RAM models listed on the QVL (Quality Vendor List) for the motherboard you plan to use, since going above 3200MHz tends to result in not quite actually being able to run the RAM at those rated speeds on Ryzen boards more often than not, making the investment into higher speed RAM not worth it either.

3200MHz is the sweet spot for Ryzen.

And if you don't care about RGB, don't care about how the sticks look themselves, and only want/need 16GB and to save money, then get the 16GB corsair kit for $79.
Yes, it's a few bucks more than the Ripjaws V kit, however, they are low profile, so they don't stick out as tall from the motherboard and are better for clearance of things like CPU coolers and stuff.
 

QwerkyPengwen

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Depends on a few things.
How much RAM do you want to get?
Do you want RGB lighting?
What is your overall budget?

Overall I will provide you with my picks for both 16GB and 32GB kit options, RGB and non RGB options, and have choices between two top rated brands just to give some aesthetic options to choose from when it comes to how the RAM looks.


PCPartPicker Part List

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($162.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($147.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($113.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1201.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-01-16 16:34 EST-0500
 

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Depends on a few things.
How much RAM do you want to get?
Do you want RGB lighting?
What is your overall budget?

Overall I will provide you with my picks for both 16GB and 32GB kit options, RGB and non RGB options, and have choices between two top rated brands just to give some aesthetic options to choose from when it comes to how the RAM looks.


PCPartPicker Part List

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($162.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($147.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($113.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1201.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-01-16 16:34 EST-0500
I just need 16 gigs of ram. I say no to rgb unless its a better deal than the non rgb ones. I sold my previous ram for 60 dollars. So my budget is probably somewhere around 70-80 dollars. Also, how much faster is 3200 mhz than my previous 2400 mhz? And finally, my motherboard has 4 ram slots. I don't know whether its better to do 4x4 or 2x8 ram.
 

QwerkyPengwen

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it honestly doesn't make any real difference having your RAM split into 4 sticks vs 2 sticks since it's all dual channel regardless.
Having 4 sticks just looks nicer since it fills out the slots on the board, but 4x4 kits cost more money.

And 3200MHz is WAY faster than 2400MHz.
By a long shot.
Not to mention that the general performance of Ryzen CPU's is heavily tied into the RAM speed.
To help put that into context it's basically like this:

We all know that core count/thread count is important.
We all know that clock speeds are super important.

But with Ryzen, RAM speed is extra important as well.

Let's take this as an example.
You have a Ryzen CPU (doesn't matter which one)
It's clock speed is locked in at 3.8GHz on all cores.
That CPU when put to the test, will perform slower and worse at tasks when paired with RAM that runs at 2400MHz than it will with RAM at 3200MHz.

Doesn't matter. Plain and simple, the faster the RAM, the better performance you get from the CPU when compared to running slower RAM on that same CPU.

However, there is a point where you get diminishing returns on performance uplift once you go above a certain speed on the RAM.

This turning point is 3200MHz.

Going from 2400MHz and up to 3200MHz you see huge performance uplift as you go up in speed.
But once you start going past 3200MHz, the uplift in performance is much smaller in increments, but you spend a lot more money to get those higher speeds making the investment not very worth it for the average consumer who wants to save their money.

Not to mention that going above 3200MHz will most likely require you to buy specific RAM models listed on the QVL (Quality Vendor List) for the motherboard you plan to use, since going above 3200MHz tends to result in not quite actually being able to run the RAM at those rated speeds on Ryzen boards more often than not, making the investment into higher speed RAM not worth it either.

3200MHz is the sweet spot for Ryzen.

And if you don't care about RGB, don't care about how the sticks look themselves, and only want/need 16GB and to save money, then get the 16GB corsair kit for $79.
Yes, it's a few bucks more than the Ripjaws V kit, however, they are low profile, so they don't stick out as tall from the motherboard and are better for clearance of things like CPU coolers and stuff.
 

Quickless

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Nov 10, 2019
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it honestly doesn't make any real difference having your RAM split into 4 sticks vs 2 sticks since it's all dual channel regardless.
Having 4 sticks just looks nicer since it fills out the slots on the board, but 4x4 kits cost more money.

And 3200MHz is WAY faster than 2400MHz.
By a long shot.
Not to mention that the general performance of Ryzen CPU's is heavily tied into the RAM speed.
To help put that into context it's basically like this:

We all know that core count/thread count is important.
We all know that clock speeds are super important.

But with Ryzen, RAM speed is extra important as well.

Let's take this as an example.
You have a Ryzen CPU (doesn't matter which one)
It's clock speed is locked in at 3.8GHz on all cores.
That CPU when put to the test, will perform slower and worse at tasks when paired with RAM that runs at 2400MHz than it will with RAM at 3200MHz.

Doesn't matter. Plain and simple, the faster the RAM, the better performance you get from the CPU when compared to running slower RAM on that same CPU.

However, there is a point where you get diminishing returns on performance uplift once you go above a certain speed on the RAM.

This turning point is 3200MHz.

Going from 2400MHz and up to 3200MHz you see huge performance uplift as you go up in speed.
But once you start going past 3200MHz, the uplift in performance is much smaller in increments, but you spend a lot more money to get those higher speeds making the investment not very worth it for the average consumer who wants to save their money.

Not to mention that going above 3200MHz will most likely require you to buy specific RAM models listed on the QVL (Quality Vendor List) for the motherboard you plan to use, since going above 3200MHz tends to result in not quite actually being able to run the RAM at those rated speeds on Ryzen boards more often than not, making the investment into higher speed RAM not worth it either.

3200MHz is the sweet spot for Ryzen.

And if you don't care about RGB, don't care about how the sticks look themselves, and only want/need 16GB and to save money, then get the 16GB corsair kit for $79.
Yes, it's a few bucks more than the Ripjaws V kit, however, they are low profile, so they don't stick out as tall from the motherboard and are better for clearance of things like CPU coolers and stuff.
Thank you so much, I appreciate people like you who go far into detail.
 

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