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Ram for Ryzen 5 2600X build

Arg Clin

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I'm putting together the parts for an upcomming Ryzen 5 2600X gaming build. Been reading up a bit as I understand that ram needs special attention on Ryzen.

I would be thankful for some input on the ram. Out of the listed parts, what 16 Gb kit would you pick?

All parts appear on the QVL list (Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming)

(I'm based outside the US, so I'm listing the local prices converted to USD)

2 x 8 Gb Corsair Vengeance 3000 CL15 ~US$ 175

2 x 8 Gb Corsair Vengenance 3000 CL 15 ~ US$ 186

2 x 8 Gb G.Skill TridenZ RGB 3000 CL16 ~ US$ 196

2 x 8 Gb G.Skill TridenZ RGB 3000 CL15 ~ US$ 216

2 x 8 Gb Hyper X Predator 3000 CL 15 ~ US$ 218

2 x 8 Gb G.Skill Flare X 3200 CL 14 ~ US$ 273
 

UsandThem

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Most people who want the best performance, would go with Flare X.

However, as long as it's on the QVL, I'd personally go with the "cheapest" Corsair set. Why you say? Because I have a tough time swallowing the current pricing (even though it's fallen some since its peak). :)
 

daveybrat

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If you go with the G.Skill TridentZ ram then make sure the model number of the kit has an 'X' at the end of it. The ones with the X at the end are made for AMD Ryzen systems as opposed to Intel for the others.
 

Dasa2

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IF you just want to set and forget 3000c15\3200c16 will do and you could probably get a cheaper MB.
If you want to spend time overclocking\tweaking and are spending extra on MB\cooling to squeeze next to nothing gout of the CPU then get the 3200c14 and OC it to 3466\3600 with tweaked timings as it will bring larger gains than overclocking the CPU.

Your 4690K overclocked will be faster than the 2600X in anything that uses 4 threads or less.
Although running high speed RAM could give the 2600X the edge.
 

Arg Clin

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Thanks for your input all. Much appreciated :)

Given it some consideration I think I will strech the budget a bit and go for the Flare X, considering there seems to be a fair chance I can hit 3600.

I realize that I'm not going to see any huge improvement over the 4690K on the cpu side. The problem is really that the Z97 mainboard doesn't support my shiny new nvme pci 3.0 4x properly. So sadly it has to go - been a great little cpu though.
 

UsandThem

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Thanks for your input all. Much appreciated :)

Given it some consideration I think I will strech the budget a bit and go for the Flare X, considering there seems to be a fair chance I can hit 3600.

I realize that I'm not going to see any huge improvement over the 4690K on the cpu side. The problem is really that the Z97 mainboard doesn't support my shiny new nvme pci 3.0 4x properly. So sadly it has to go - been a great little cpu though.
It wouldn't work properly / full speed with a PCIe add-in card?
 

arandomguy

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Thanks for your input all. Much appreciated :)

Given it some consideration I think I will strech the budget a bit and go for the Flare X, considering there seems to be a fair chance I can hit 3600.

I realize that I'm not going to see any huge improvement over the 4690K on the cpu side. The problem is really that the Z97 mainboard doesn't support my shiny new nvme pci 3.0 4x properly. So sadly it has to go - been a great little cpu though.
Personally I don't understand this reasoning. I'm presuming you went with a 2600x in the first place due to value reasons? How much more performance do you think that extra $100 on memory is going to get you?

In general I'm confused by why a lot of people put everything in price/performance for the their CPU/GPU and then go way off in a different direction when buying things like memory, NVMe SSDs over SATA, mobos, expensive cooling and etc.
 

Arg Clin

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Personally I don't understand this reasoning. I'm presuming you went with a 2600x in the first place due to value reasons? How much more performance do you think that extra $100 on memory is going to get you?

In general I'm confused by why a lot of people put everything in price/performance for the their CPU/GPU and then go way off in a different direction when buying things like memory, NVMe SSDs over SATA, mobos, expensive cooling and etc.
I should probably have added my gpu plans in the first post. I am planning to pair it with Vega64. The build will be for 1440p gaming. (I am staying with AMD gpu-wise because I already have Freesync)

As for 2600X - I was under the impression that going to 2700X would give close to nothing in gaming whereas faster ram might make a difference. But I'm here to learn if this is not so... :)

As for the price difference- it is indeed ridiculess so that's why I posted to get some opinions if I'm really just wasting hard earned money. I'm am really just not sure what to expect. Reading various bechmarks I might expect around +8-10% on minimum framerates - or is that even too optimistic?

Going NVMe was because I wanted to reduce load times and needed a new SSD anyway when my old HDD died. Expensive cooling - yes, for silence.

I am on some kind of budget - just trying to figure how to balance things and where to prioritize. Most of the budget goes to the Vega64 anyway.
 

UsandThem

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Good question. Looking in this thread I got the impression that I might not be able to boot from it using add-in card https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/nvme-adapter.2556316/
It all just depends on if the manufacturer added support for it in the BIOS.

You could probably Google your motherboard model, and see if others have posted about having success using a NVMe drive on a add-in card. It would save you a whole lot of time and money for a new CPU that is pretty much a side-grade upgrade at best.
 

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