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canderella
1 Nickel

Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

I am thinking of ordering the Area-51, with the i7 980x extreme processor.

I will order only the base RAM (6GB 1333MHz), which I plan to upgrade.

I'd like to install 12GB of the trichannel RAM.

I think 12 GB (3 x 4GB) 1600MHz would work;

           but would 12 GB (3 x 4GB) 1866MHz work ?

           - what about 12 GB (3 x 4GB) 2000MHz ?

I don't know much about this stuff, but I've read that high frequency RAM may stress the CPU, actually making the computer run slower.

 

 

 

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morblore
5 Rhenium

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

For gaming the faster it is the better. For 3D rendering and heavy multi tasking the more memory the better.The system is supported with 1866MHz 6gb or 1600Mhz 12gb. Dell won't support it with anymore of the 2 combinations.

12gb of 1866MHz may work but I don't know since I have never tried it. Someone here may have tried it.

6gb of 1866MHz overclocked to 2000MHz does work i'v done it. I do not know if straight up 2000MHz memory will work. I guess it will.

If you are just gaming there is no reason to get any thing over the 6gb 1866MHz.  If you do CAD work or rendering get the 12gb of the 1600.

Dell is crazy with the price they want for any of the memory upgrades.

What I would do is buy it with the cheap memory and then upgrade it yourself. The Corsair memory in my sig works 100%. It will cost you about $250. I'm not sure  what the exact price it is going for now but its around there I think. You can check Newegg for it.

I will even help you with the settings if you decide to do it that way just send me a private message.

 The safe way of doing it is getting the 1866 or the 1600 so if you have issues Dell will help you out with it since they do support those speeds. Just keep in mind if they believe the memory is defective when you call them to trouble shoot the system you will be asked to put the stock memory back in. That means you can't sell the stock memory since you may need it for trouble shooting or if you need to have the system replaced.

So..buy the cheap memory with the system and the upgrade it with the same speeds they sell with the system. Thats the best way to go

 

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Area-51 Cosmic Black/Windows 8 64-bit Pro/BIOS A11
Intel Core i7-980x Extreme Edition @ 4.0 ghz/Intel 160gb X-25M SSD Raid-0
6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1866 DDR3/PNY GeForce GTX 680 SLI/ATI TV Wonder

 

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Starmage
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

Hi
I asked the tech about what the board and bus support when he was here recently.  It's only 6GB of 1866MHz or 12GB of 1600MHz as already stated.  I was alsotold it will not support 2000MHz natively.  Buthtne someone's already said that's possible.......

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Starmage
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

Alsodon't spend the extra on buing ECC (Error Checking) RAM as the i7's do not suppor it.  It will run but as standard memory.

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10_mall
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

"Alsodon't spend the extra on buing ECC (Error Checking) RAM as the i7's do not suppor it. It will run but as standard memory."

 

Has nothing to do with the CPU, the mobos, more specifically, the chipsets used in consumer-grade PCs don't suport ECC. You need a pro-level mobo for that. 

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10_mall
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

I've had been running 2000mhz on my Aurora for almost a year with rock solid stability. I use kingston hyperx 2000mhz-rated 6gb (3x2). To achieve 2000mhz, you need to use 2000mhz-rate RAM, and you can populate only 3 memory slots. Occupying all 6 slots would cost you at least 10-20% in speed because it's much harder to sync @ 2000mhz across all 6 banks.

On my Aurora:

6gb (3x2), 2000mhz.

12gb (6x2), 1740mhz.

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flotown
3 Argentium

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

10- MALL, Which ones are you using / , thnx

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050011776%20600006139%20600006076&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=147%7C20-104-214%5E20-104-214-TS%2C20-104-180%5E20-104-180-TS%2C20-104-178%5E20-104-178-TS

AURORA ALX, I7 920, UNDER REBUILD
XPS 730 X.. I7 950  BIOS 1.05  WIN7 PRO

2x 750 RAID 0,

GPU HD 5870 X2 IN CF

AW FX  1.0.51.0

teutonic360 on steam


 

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10_mall
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

That's the link to the kingston hyperx that I use, very good quality. But that's only 6gb in size. Depending upon how much memory you need, and how badly you want to achieve 2000mhz, you may want to buy 12gb (3x4gb), a little more costly, but it gives you a better shot at reaching 2000mhz. If you populate all 6 dimm slots, there is no way you can achieve 2000mhz.

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10_mall
2 Iron

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

I bought Kingston HyperX T1 (3x2gb) about a year ago ($137.99 now, but was close to $250 then), recently bought another set of same kind that came with a fan ($140).

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flotown
3 Argentium

Re: Maximum frequency RAM that is compatible with the Area-51?

Thnx 10-mall

AURORA ALX, I7 920, UNDER REBUILD
XPS 730 X.. I7 950  BIOS 1.05  WIN7 PRO

2x 750 RAID 0,

GPU HD 5870 X2 IN CF

AW FX  1.0.51.0

teutonic360 on steam


 

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