Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jeff Hine, 17 May 2019.
What are the pro's & con's of four 8GB sticks vs two 16GB, in a four RAM slot 'board...?
2 sticks tend to play nicer with overclocking.
4x8GB sets can sometimes be had cheaper than 2x16s
other than that... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you overclock, 4x8 can overstress the IMC and limit your overclock. If you're not OCing then I don't think it matters terribly.
My system was running 8x4 and it was great. MHW loved it.
4x8GB = You have to throw all of it in the trash if you wanted to upgrade to 64GB down the line
2x16GB = You could in theory add in another 2 sticks to upgrade to 64GB
(not counting stuff like HEDT / Server boards with more than 4 slots)
That being said, unless you have a specific use for 32GB go with 16GB and invest the rest in CPU / GPU.
Options under consideration:
Aside from the price and the small fact that I'm currently running 32GB (four 8GB) of 1866 DDR3, I was just looking for opinions as to why 16GB of 3000/3200 DDR4 would be enough?
A good read on the topic (for gaming anyway):
If you budget will stretch to 32GB, awesome... but i'd prioritse other things first, and only bump from 16 to 32 if you've got budget left over. For most things 32 is still overkill.
I think either of the Ryzen 2600's & will more than make up for any difference there may be - if any at all - between 32GB of 1866 DDR3 and 16GB 3000 (let alone 3200) DDR4.
Ryzen 3xxx isn't here with no.'s to play with yet, so I'm working with 'what I have'.
Amended the title, as that's what it's now become.
So - 16GB is now a given. This now throws open the door of:
Will a 2600 or 2600X be happier on a B450 'board...?
I guess it would depend on how much you game and how often your usage goes about 16GB.
I tend to have a ton of crap open and don't play many FPS games with my 60Hz monitor so I'm considering upgrading to 2x16GB when I see a good deal.
If your focus is gaming, put it into the GPU as others have said.
The X chipset just offers... more... more pci lanes, more sata, more USB 3.x ports. More robust VRMs [typically] and more bells and whilstles and whatnot.
For most people the B450 boards are sufficient if you're thinking of dabbling in overclockgin and just running a single GPU and 1x NVMe SSD and a few USB peripherals. If you think that might a limitation now or in the future then opt the x470 [i wouldn't bother with a B350/X370 board tbh].
You don't need an X chipsetted board to use/get the best from a X monikered CPU.
My findings are leaning towards a 2600 on a B450, w/ 16GB 3200 & a Dark Rock 4 - more specifically these.
Add in my (recently acquired) Vega 56 & 28" monitor & I think that should do me for "5 years"...
If Zen 2 kills current prices, I may stretch to X varieties, as appropriate.
Personally I'd probably opt for the Noctua, or the newer Dark Rock Slim if you're allergic to beige. Otherwise, if it were my money that's more or less what i'd buy.
Dark Rock 4 won't be an option if you want to go AMD, you'd have to wait for the new Dark Rock Slim to turn up in stores (as that one has AM4 compatibility), or go Noctua (as those have been updated for AM4).
IIRC BeQuiet do offer an AM4 kit for the Dark Rock 4/Pro 4 but you might have to contact them directly for it.
But from what i've seen the Slim performs similarly to the Dark Rock 4 and ofc comes with the AM4 mounting in the box.
I had a dark rock 4 on my i9-7900x and was very disappointed with it (Came in an overclocked bundle from Scan) replaced it with a corsair i150. It was quiet but thats all I can say for it. It couldn't handle the CPU at 100% load before overclocking without throttling.
What (sockets) are the 2-part back plates for...?
I just went 2x16 GB in my rebuild. Given I'm itx I only had two slots and figured that it's one thing less to have to upgrade.
OK; says/implies here that the DR4 is a bit of a beast, but the Pro 4 & the Slim give better RAM slot access/clearance.
The Slim fits within my budget, but it's not listed here...
They have it at OCUK, CCL and Scan at least.
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