which rams are better for me??

accu

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i m planning to get gigabyte ds3 mb, and intel c2d e6420 and of cause overclock it, so i want to know which of these two rams are better
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http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=85264&prodlist=bizrate

2nd
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=85236&prodlist=bizrate

i read some about the ds3 uses 1.8 volts and these rams are 1.9+ and please tell me about the timing of the ram for ex. 4-4-4-15?? what does that mean or just tell me whats the best timing for clocking, planning to hit 3.2 with e6420 for now

thx, sorry for long post and its my 1st....
 

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Lower timings are faster than higher ones, eg 4-4-4-12 is faster than 5-5-5-15.

The Gigabyte motherboard only boots with RAM that uses 1.8v I think, and there have been issues with OCZ in the past, so I'd go for a set of RAM that boots at 1.8v.
 

accu

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thanks for the reply but its already too late, i bought the 4-4-4-x ocz rams that requires 1.9-2.0 volts. the good thing is that i didnt buy motherboard yet, so do i have to look for different motherboard now? or can i still buy the ds3 and raise the setting for rams to 1.9+ if i get it boot 1st, now this is the question.
 

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If you can borrow some 1.8v ram from a friend, get it to boot, go into the bios and change the voltage to 1.9 then that will be okay. Gigabyte may have fixed this problem now, I'm not sure. Perhaps try a bit of searching on google. The ASUS P5B-e or deluxe are supposed to be good for OCing and don't have this RAM problem.
 

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accu,

The ram should be fully compatible with that board. The way Gigabyte's bios was designed was that it starts off at .1 incriments. So in order to achieve 2.0+ voltage you'd have to go +0.2 or 0.3. Anything in the blue zone should be less than 2.2 volts I believe.

To get to the latency setup on this board you'll need to press Cntrl + f1.
But something like 4-4-4-X 2.0-2.1 is works fine.
 

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The RAM is compatible, but it needs to be able to operate at 1.8v to get the board to boot and hence into the bios. Got a feeling that RAM only starts at 1.9v and then you have to configure it manually to run at the lower 1.8
 

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thanks for the link SubtleWordplay, i'll buy the ds3 then. last question for ram, do i change the setting(overclocking settings) at the very 1st boot or after i installed windows.
 

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yw... it would make more sense to install your o/s first before doing any oc'ing for stability issues. You certainly wouldn't want a sytem crash during installation.

2 good programs to download afterwards would be, cpu-z, which would measure your in-window system clocks, as well as something like Prime or Orthos to stress-test your overclocked ram for stability. People generally run orthos for mutiple hours just to stimulate maximum stressloads.