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Solved Ram for Z87 Sabertooth

Kodi

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I want to install 16gig of ram on a Z87 Sabertooth Motherboard and have run into a problem.
I getdifferent opinions from various sites.
I want to install the maximum speed without overclocking, some say 1866mhz and some say 1600mhz.
Can anyone advise me what is correct?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-4770K
    Motherboard
    Asus Z87 Sabertooth
    Memory
    16 Gig DDR3-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GT740
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27" - Benq 22" - Dell 23"
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    1680x1050
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    Samsung 840 pro 128g SSD
    1xWestern Digital Caviar Green 1TB
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    Seasonic 760 watt platinum
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    HAF-X
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    Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler
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    Logitech illuminated keyboard
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    Logitech Performance MX
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    Avast Internet Security

MasterChief

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Best bet is to go with average RAM at 1600 MHz. Not any fancy gaming RAM, not any fancy performance this or that and not anything marketed as Oh WOW.

The effect of RAM speed timings and frequency differences are so little that the only way to measure is by actual RAM benchmarking. Real-world activities like encoding video/audio and things of that nature literally show the exact same results. If it takes 20 seconds to encode an mp3, it's going to take 20 seconds to encode the mp3.

Further, what I have noticed over the years is that the systems with most trouble are always the ones where people thought it well to install "performance" RAM.

Stick to the average product meant for the general public at 1600 MHz and you'll be quite happy.

All that being said, just for correctness, Newegg does show that it can use 1866 MHz: Newegg.com - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-built Intel based
    CPU
    Pentium D 925 3.0 GHz socket 775, Presler @ ~ 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel DQ965MT
    Memory
    Hyundai 2 GB DDR2 @ 333 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS DirectCU II HD7790-DC2OC-2GD5 Radeon HD 7790 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5
    Sound Card
    MOTU Traveler firewire interface
    Hard Drives
    1 Seagate Barracuda SATA II system/boot drive 80 GB, 2 Western Digital hdds - 1 is SATA II Caviar Black 1 TB attached to card (assorted media, page, temp), other is SATA I 420 GB (games, media, downloads)
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    Thermaltake 450W
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    stock Gateway cooling, extra large fan in rear of case
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    Alienware/Microsoft Internet kb
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    Logitech M510
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    Optimum Online, fast for US
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    Pale Moon
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    Kaspersky integrated into ZoneAlarm+Antivirus

my2cents

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The CPU defines the standard speeds your memory can run at and the motherboard must support those speeds without overclocking if that is your goal. Here's mine:

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel G2020
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0
    Memory
    8GBs @ 1333 MHz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO
    PSU
    400w
    Internet Speed
    57/11

Kodi

Geriatric Member
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Thank you for your advice
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-4770K
    Motherboard
    Asus Z87 Sabertooth
    Memory
    16 Gig DDR3-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GT740
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27" - Benq 22" - Dell 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 pro 128g SSD
    1xWestern Digital Caviar Green 1TB
    2xWestern Digital Caviar Green 2TB
    PSU
    Seasonic 760 watt platinum
    Case
    HAF-X
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Logitech illuminated keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance MX
    Internet Speed
    Cable
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

azasadny

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I have had good luck with Crucial Ballistix RAM and I'm overclocking my system using it and I have been for a year with no issues. Be sure the RAM you choose supports SPD.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built Intel i7-3770k-based system
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k, Overclocked to 4.6GHz (46x100) with Corsair H110i GT cooler
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 OC Formula 2.30 BIOS
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 2133 Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX 980ti SC ACS 6GB DDR5 by EVGA
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, Corsair SP2500 speakers and subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 27EA33 [Monitor] (27.2"vis) HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (system drive)
    WD 6TB Red NAS hard drives x 2 in Storage Spaces (redundancy)
    PSU
    Corsair 750ax fully modular power supply with sleeved cables
    Case
    Corsair Air 540 with 7 x 140mm fans on front, rear and top panels
    Cooling
    Corsair H110i GT liquid cooled CPU with 4 x 140" Corsair SP "push-pull" and 3 x 140mm fans
    Keyboard
    Thermaltake Poseidon Z illuminated keyboard
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 wired
    Internet Speed
    85MBps DSL
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Pro and CCleaner Pro
    Other Info
    Client of Windows Server 2012 R2 10 PC's, laptops and smartphones on the WLAN.

    1GBps Ethernet ports

TechnoMage

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For years, Crucial.com has been the reference site for users, technicians and Ram Sellers alike.
When I sold ram with a professional ram seller at computer shows, we kept an open line to "Crucial.com" all day while at the show.

When I'm at a customers home and the subject of increasing ram comes up, I just immediately go to "WWW.Crucial.com" and download their ramtest. Then run the test and it will tell you what you already have and what you can add to max out your ram.
If desired, you can purchase that ram right there on their site and have it mailed to your home. Nothing is any more accurate or faster. All of the ram that Crucial uses is made by "Micron", the finest ram you can buy, and guaranteed for life.

In all the years I've been in the computer business I've never had to replace a single stick of Micron ram. The ONLY ram I've ever replaced was made by either Kingston or Spectek.

Good Luck and Happy Computing!
TechnoMage :cool:
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
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