Asus P9X79 WS + corsair 32 GB memory... but which one

lukx

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There is so many different ones that I have hard times choosing the best bang for buck.
I'm not planning of doing some EXTREME overclocking. Some yes but nothing that air cooling wouldn't handle. I'm doing 3d work so speed for rendering is the most important so also RELIABILITY. I really don;t want to pay for something that would be overkill. So wchich one to choose? 32Gb Vengeance ? But there is red one (CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R) and black one (CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10). They have same timings but what is this R stands for in red one? The price is also quite bigger on those. Please help guys.
 

zandor

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I'm not sure what ram is best but I have one of those boards so here are a couple of tips:

1. Flash the BIOS. Mine gave me all kinds of trouble with ram before I flashed it. Now there are no issues.
2. If it won't boot press the memory detect button on the board. I had to use it nearly every time before I got the BIOS flashed.
3. I'm using 4x8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 CL9 from 2 2x8 kits. It's what they had in stock at Microcenter when I built the machine a couple months ago. Works fine after a flash.
4. Don't touch the legacy USB settings if you want it to work. It's flaky if you leave it at defaults, but at least it'll work after hard reset and usually works after a soft reset. Note that I'm using a KVM so you might have better luck.

Also, 1866 isn't really all that helpful. It's a quad channel board. 1600 is plenty.
 

lukx

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thanks for a tip regarding speed, that 1600 is enough.
 
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Currently running my P9X79 WS with 32GB of "mix-matched" Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600. It's actually three kits, two of the 3x4GB for X58 and one dual channel 2x4GB kit but they're all the same revision (Ver2.12) and ICs (Elpida J2108BCSE) so there's no compatibility issues. XMP settings are different but I set my voltages/timings manually.
 
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