Help with RAM upgrade

Which is better in my situation (same price for all 3)

  • 4x4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz

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  • 2x8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz

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  • 2x8 GB DDR3 1866 MHz

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Nov 27, 2015
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Hello everyone! I mainly use my PC for gaming and I have 8 GB RAM (2x4 GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair XMS 3). Games like Just Cause 3 need more RAM and loads slowly due to lack of it. Thus I wanted to upgrade my RAM from current 8 GB to 16 GB.

On Amazon, 2x4 GB 1600MHz RAM (Corsair XMS 3) costs roughly the same as 2x8 GB 1600MHz RAM (HyperX Fury). Thus I was thinking of buying 2x8 GB sticks to replace my 2x4 GB ones.

My motherboard is DH67BL, and it's supported memory is Dual DDR3 1066/1333. Currently I'm using Corsair XMS 3 2x4GB DDR3 1600 MHz. 2 more similar RAM costs the same price as 2x8GB 1866 MHz RAM sticks. So why not buy more powerful and higher memory RAM for the same price? (Even if it runs at just 1333MHZ) Thus I was thinking that instead of buying 2 more 4 GB sticks (and having 4x4gb sticks installed) why not buy 2x8GB sticks... This way, in case I change my motherboard in the future, I can use the higher MHz RAM which will run at higher speed. Not to mention that the 8 GB sticks look really good (HyperX Fury).

I want to know if I can get the 2x8 GB RAM of different specs (compared what I have currently) to replace my existing RAM or whether I should stick to buying 2x4 GB RAM to add onto my already existing 2x4 GB RAM.

The full details of the RAM I currently have:
Corsair XMS 3 2x4 GB DDR3 1600MHz
(CMX4GX3M1A1600C9)
1.65 V
9-9-9-24

The full details of the RAM I intend to buy:
HyperX FURY 2x8 GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 DIMM - Blue (HX316C10F/8)
(Website description: HyperX HX316C10F/8 is a 1G x 64-bit (8GB) DDR3-1600 CL10 SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) 2Rx8 memory module, based on sixteen 512M x 8-bit DDR3 FBGA components. This module has been tested to run at DDR3-1600 at a low latency timing of 10-10-10 at 1.5V.)

Or, this one:
HyperX Fury 8GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX318C10F/8)

Since the HyperX Fury RAM has different specs, like voltage, and something called 10-10-10 instead of 9-9-9-24, will it work on my motherboard? Because they don't take it back if my PC doesn't support it. I don't want to waste money by buying something that my motherboard doesn't support. Also, HyperX Fury 1866Mhz is cheaper than the 1600 version. So, if it will work on my motherboard, I'd like to buy the 1866 MHz one instead.

Eagerly awaiting the experts' opinions and suggestions!

My current setup:
Motherboard: DH67BL
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @3.3 GHz
RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 Corsair XMS 3 1600 MHz
GPU: NVidia GeForce 1080 Ti (11GB, EVGA)
SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB SSD (Windows & Games)
SATA: WD 2 TB 7200 RPM (for storage purposes)
Monitor: Dell 22" 1920x1080p
 
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Feb 26, 2006
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IME, always buy ram that's on the QVL for the motherboard...others MIGHT work...or might not.
 
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Well, it should work. Voltage looks standard, which is a good sign for 1866 DDR3. The 10-10-10 thing, well, if your mobo supports XMP, just set that and all the timings should be set automagically for you. If not, as long as that's an enthusiast mobo, and not a OEM branded board, then it should let you change the memory timings manually, if you even have to.
 
Nov 27, 2015
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Well, it should work. Voltage looks standard, which is a good sign for 1866 DDR3. The 10-10-10 thing, well, if your mobo supports XMP, just set that and all the timings should be set automagically for you. If not, as long as that's an enthusiast mobo, and not a OEM branded board, then it should let you change the memory timings manually, if you even have to.
Its an ancient board, and probably not an enthusiast board (I honestly don't know what an enthusiast's board is). So, even if I can't change memory settings manually (which I don't know how to), its ok right? It will work? Can I get the 1866 Mhz one or better stick to 1600MHz one?
 
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I had the same board. I bought DDR3-1600 memory, but that was when the kit was set at 1.65V, and the motherboard only supported max of 1.5V. So it just ran at DDR3-1333.

It looks like the DDR3-1866 kit can run at 1866 with 1.5V. Whether the board supports DDR3-1866 speeds or not I'm not completely sure, because it's been a while since I checked. While you can't really overclock the CPU on the DH67BL, you can do most everything else like changing memory timings and overclock the integrated GPU. DDR3-1866 may be under the overclock settings after you install the RAM, so go check the BIOS after.

If not the DDR3-1866 will fallback to DDR3-1600 speeds. In the future when you sell it maybe you can get couple of dollars more for the 1866 kit. I guess that's another advantage.
 
Nov 27, 2015
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I had the same board. I bought DDR3-1600 memory, but that was when the kit was set at 1.65V, and the motherboard only supported max of 1.5V. So it just ran at DDR3-1333.

It looks like the DDR3-1866 kit can run at 1866 with 1.5V. Whether the board supports DDR3-1866 speeds or not I'm not completely sure, because it's been a while since I checked. While you can't really overclock the CPU on the DH67BL, you can do most everything else like changing memory timings and overclock the integrated GPU. DDR3-1866 may be under the overclock settings after you install the RAM, so go check the BIOS after.

If not the DDR3-1866 will fallback to DDR3-1600 speeds. In the future when you sell it maybe you can get couple of dollars more for the 1866 kit. I guess that's another advantage.
The board only supports 1066/1333 (according to the specs sheet)
Here's a link to it: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/50098/intel-desktop-board-dh67bl.html
 


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