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Question DDR4 ram huge differences in price

Ozbro89

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Hi,

I am ready to buy a new PC (ryzen 3800x, Asus x570-pro), only question remains, which RAM to buy?

G. Skill 32gb 3600 (175 dollar)
G. Skill 32gb 3600 (285 dollar)
G. Skill 16gb 3600 (~ 190 dollar, I can't seem to find these on Newegg, similar prices in the Netherlands for all RAM)

I don't seem to understand why there is such a price gap between, for a noob, the same RAM. All 3600 mhz, only the chip manufacturer is different. Which RAM should I buy? And can you please explain to me why the prices differ so much?

Thanks in advance!
 

tamz_msc

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The second and third one seems to be Samsung B-die with tighter timings. That is the reason why the prices are much higher. In short they're better for overclocking.
 

Ozbro89

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Thank you for your reply! Would these tighter timings be worth it? Which one would you buy? I am mainly using my PC for gaming btw.

Not planning to overclock in the near future.
 

tamz_msc

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As to which one you should buy, 3200CL14 is the sweetspot for Ryzen, but it is expensive B-die. You could probably take the first kit and run it at 3200 with tighter timings(16-18-18-36) and get more than enough performance for gaming. Thus the first kit would be my recommendation. Just set the timings manually using the Ryzen DRAM calculator.
 

DrMrLordX

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For a 3800x, DDR4-3200 is not the sweet spot . . . DDR4-3733 is. DDR4-3600 is just fine though.

The best deal out there is Micron E-die, which can run DDR4-3600 16-x-x-x pretty easily, and can be had in cheaper kits.

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tamz_msc

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For a 3800x, DDR4-3200 is not the sweet spot . . . DDR4-3733 is. DDR4-3600 is just fine though.

The best deal out there is Micron E-die, which can run DDR4-3600 16-x-x-x pretty easily, and can be had in cheaper kits.
Micron E-die doesn't provide as tight secondary timings as Samsung B-die. 3200 CL14 is better overall latency than 3600 CL16. Besides, faster RAM only makes a difference up to a certain point, I doubt that there is much performance uplift to be seen from 3200 CL16 to 3200 CL14 to 3733 CL16 in GPU limited gaming.

Edit: Agree with you on price though. Micron E die can't be beat in terms of value. This might just be the best choice for OP.
 
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DrMrLordX

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Micron E-die doesn't provide as tight secondary timings as Samsung B-die. 3200 CL14 is better overall latency than 3600 CL16.
True! Which is why I run DDR4-3733 CL 14. But I had to pay out the posterior to get that RAM, and it's only 2x8GB . . .

Edit: Agree with you on price though. Micron E die can't be beat in terms of value. This might just be the best choice for OP.
The two killer value propositions I see these days are 2x16GB E-die kits and those Samsung M-die 32GB DIMMs. B-die can be had for decent prices, but let's face it, scarcity is going to keep prices high.
 

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