DDR3 1600 RAM; What to Buy?

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CBR1100XX Regular Member • Posts: 490
DDR3 1600 RAM; What to Buy?

I'm looking for a 2x4 GB setup to bring an Dell XPS 8500 to 16GB total.  When I look on newegg everyone is buying the RAM with the huge heat sinks and since there will be no overclocking I'm not too concerned about that.  So what is some good everyday RAM nowadays?  I just want the most reliable kind with the fewest duds.

Zone8 Forum Pro • Posts: 16,471
Your best and safest procedure!

Use the free system scanner for memory upgrades from Crucial.  When on website, click to select System Scanner - under top display

http://www.crucial.com/

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Re: DDR3 1600 RAM; What to Buy?

CBR1100XX wrote:

I'm looking for a 2x4 GB setup to bring an Dell XPS 8500 to 16GB total.  When I look on newegg everyone is buying the RAM with the huge heat sinks and since there will be no overclocking I'm not too concerned about that.  So what is some good everyday RAM nowadays?  I just want the most reliable kind with the fewest duds.

Since you already have 2 sticks of 4Gb and wanna expansion, you're better off getting the same sticks currently in your PC, or swapping it out with brand new 16 GB sticks, or mix different RAM manufactures and I don't really suggest it.

Dana F New Member • Posts: 20
Re: DDR3 1600 RAM; What to Buy?

Unless Dell has changed, you need to be careful with RAM. Dell has proprietary RAM and not all brands will work. The Crucial link above will show the correct type or you can order from the Dell site,

Dana

Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,316
stick with CL 11

I'd either go with Crucial. See a 2x4GB set for the XPS 8500 here:

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=E046603BA5CA7304

Or, if you wanted 24GB total (existing 2x4GB set that shipped with it + a 2x8GB set), add a 2x8GB set to what you already have:

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=DFE3F0D7A5CA7304

But, if you go with other memory, make sure to get memory others have found works OK.  One thing you'll notice if you read through customer reviews, is that some memory wont' work at 1600Mhz with the XPS 8500 if the timing is too aggressive

See reviews of desktop memory at newegg, searching for reviews with XPS 8500 in them:

http://www.newegg.com/FeedBack/CustratingAllReview.aspx?DEPA=0&N=40000147&Order=5&Pagesize=&Page=1&Keywords=xps+8500

Note that a number of XPS 8500 owners have reported that memory that used more aggressive timing would not run at 1600Mhz; and CL11 seems to be a better bet (as in some of the Kingston memory others reported works fine in that desktop model).

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Fastfwd01 Regular Member • Posts: 399
Re: DDR3 1600 RAM; What to Buy?

I’m not sure about Dell, but on my home built machine I wound up going with ‘GSkill’ after a better known brand I initially ordered had to be returned as defective.  I wasn’t familiar with GSkill, but apparently it’s quality product.  They recommend not mixing even their own memory of the same exact version. Apparently they match it up before they package it together.

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