Question Looking at the MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 and ram question

CU

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Looking at getting the MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 for a 12700K I have. Seems like a pretty good board for the price. I only plan to do a little overclocking of the CPU and RAM. Nothing extreme. Probably go with a Thermalright Frost Commander 140 to cool it or a ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280. Just not sure it the AIO is worth the price difference. For ram is it better to get 4000C18 or 3600C16. 3600C16 seems to cost a little more. Figured I would go ahead and get 32gigs now, so I don't have to worry about adding more later as I expect the system to last awhile. Hopefully as long as my 2500K. I know B die is the best, but there seems to be a big jump in price going from say 4000C18 to B die. I just don't see it as worth it.

I was actually looking at the OLOy Blade RGB 32GB. It is currently on sale for $139. RGB isn't important, but the sale price is nice. I haven't ran OLOy before, but it has a lot of positive reviews on Newegg. Does it matter that that OLOy kit isn't listed on MSI's site? Other OLOy kits are listed. Or, should I really stick to their list?
 

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I ordered the OLOy before the sale ran out. I also emailed OLOy asking if it was dual rank. I assume it is since it is 16GB sticks. I also found ND4U1640180BRPDE (from Newegg) and MD4U1640180BRPDE (from Amazon) appear to be the same. But, only MD4U1640180BRPDE (from Amazon) is listed on MSI's site.
 

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I got an email back from OLOy. Seems both part numbers are the same. Just different number for different vendor. The only bad part is they do not use special specifications, so it could be single rank or dual rank. Is there any way to tell if a set is single or dual just by looking at it? Or, do I need to install it and run an app to tell me?

Seems the QVL list doesn't help much if things like single vs dual rank can change for the same part number.
 

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