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Which of these two sticks should I buy? (Viper 3 vs. G.Skill Sniper, both 1600 CAS 9)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231609
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220686

I got the usual setup: FX-8350 with a Sabertooth R2.0 990FX mobo.

The dollar difference is not what I care about obviously lol. Just curious as to what you guys think. I see the Sniper series is good for overclocking but I've never overclocked RAM in my life. Never thought I would need to really, but I do like to have windows of opportunity open if possible. Only curious as to how the Viper 3 runs. I hear it's a great stick but not much beyond that. Also, I find the Viper better looking than the Sniper.

Making my buy by the 28th (gotta utilize this coupon) so any and all input is appreciated :)
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  1. Have you thought of the G-Skill Trident-X 1600Mhz, and you can OC them to 2400Mhz +OC easily. Great Ram but it is more expensive. The module is the same but the heat spreader isn't (Trident-X heat spreader is better).
  2. if you are limited to those two, the sniper and viper are quite similar, but I'd prefer the Sniper. Bigger price on same memory module is due to the better heat spreader and the Clock speed, which you can OC the ram anyways so your paying more when you can get the Same 1600MHz memory module and OC that.
  3. Snipers are the best I've found for Amd rigs, and with the 8350 1866 would be a good choice (1866/9), next would prob be their Ripjaws X line, Trident X is a completely different beast and the CL at spec is often too tight for AMD MCs (memory controllers)
  4. Tradesman1 said:
    Snipers are the best I've found for Amd rigs, and with the 8350 1866 would be a good choice (1866/9), next would prob be their Ripjaws X line, Trident X is a completely different beast and the CL at spec is often too tight for AMD MCs (memory controllers)


    Only problem is I'd like to have 32gb at some point down the road. I initially wanted 1866 sticks but found the memory controller can only handle 2 stick of it.

    Also I just don't like the Ripjaws look. I was going to buy them last year actually but their fins just seriously turned me off of them. I'm not much of an artsy person when it comes to my computer but they just really bothered me to the highest extent. But about the Tridents, those look sweet but you mentioned the CL spec being too "tight" for the memory controller?
  5. SOunds like an AMD CPU, and if so they can have problems running high performance DRAM with tight CLs i.e. the 1600 sticks are CL7 and the 1866 are CL8
  6. you can get Trident-X 2400MHz which has a higher CL and are great with AMD CPU's, not so much intel.
  7. The Sniper and Trident X series are both very good for AMD platforms especially the 990FX and FX CPU. Purchase a single kit of DDR3-1866 or DDR3-1600 and it will work great. The CPU can support 32GB of DDR3-1866, you will need to make some tweaks in BIOS, but it is fairly simple and we are more than glad to help if necessary.

    Let us know how it goes!

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  8. unknownofprob said:
    you can get Trident-X 2400MHz which has a higher CL and are great with AMD CPU's, not so much intel.

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    I'd beg to differ, the 2400/10 sticks are very good with the AMD A PUs (A opposed to C in CPU) which are two completely different beasts, you won't find many AMD CPUs that can even run a couple of sticks of 2400/10 at 2400/10, Intel on the other hand has had CPUs that fairly easily handle up to 32GB or 2400 going back to the SB (Sandy Bridge) 2600K as well as later 2011 and IB CPUs
  9. yes true, I was referring to performance difference through intel, Having the speed at 2400Mhz wouldn't do any better then 1600Mhz. From resources, AMD benefit slightly from 2400MHz over 1600MHz.
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    unknownofprob said:
    yes true, I was referring to performance difference through intel, Having the speed at 2400Mhz wouldn't do any better then 1600Mhz. From resources, AMD benefit slightly from 2400MHz over 1600MHz.

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