6 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2011 1:09 PM by nantoskey

    i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?


      I was double checking the fine print before ordering an i7 950 and discovered I cannot put 24gb 1600 ram in ... only 1066.


      Is this right?


      Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970

      Intel BX80613I7970 Core i7 970 Processor - 3.20GHz, LGA 1366, 12MB L3  Cache, 4.8GT/s QPI, HyperThreading, Six Core, Bloomfield, Retail w/ Fan

        • 1. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
          RjL190365 Level 5

          Here is the problem:


          Some system configurators can only comply with the official Intel specs. This means that none of the i7-9xx systems can be ordered from such places with any memory faster than DDR3-1066.


          Most places, however, allow you to order DDR3-1600 RAM with an i7-9xx CPU and motherboard. However, the memory speed will default to 1066; you will have to enable the XMP profile or overclock the CPU via the BCLK if you want to run memory faster than 1066.

          • 2. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
            JEShort01 Level 4

            My i7-950 based system has 24GB of 1600 RAM and it is currently running very hapily at 1624 with a QPI over 7 (cpu is overclocked).


            Many motherboards (i.e. Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, etc.) allow for QPI to run beyond Intel's ratings for the particular CPUs.

            • 3. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
              Harm Millaard Level 7

              In addition to Randall's remarks, be aware that enabling XMP profiles on some motherboards can lead to a situation where only 4 of the 6 sticks are recognized and then you need to use BCLK settings to fully utilize DDR-1600 at the rated speed. This effectively is part of overclocking.

              • 4. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
                nantoskey Level 1

                Thank you so much.  Do these choices look OK?  Does it matter to go with Bloomfield vs Gulftown intel processor?


                I've been tweaking to make sure my Noctura will fly OK.






                Item#: N82E16819115066

                Intel Core i7-970   Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core   Desktop Processor BX80613I7970



                ASUS >

                Item#: N82E16813131641

                ASUS P6X58D-E LGA   1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


                CPU Cooler

                Noctua 6 Dual   Heatpipe

                Noctua 6 Dual   Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail


                Pasted   from <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER>


                Thermal Paste

                Arctic 5 Silver


                Arctic Silver 5   Thermal Compound


                Pasted   from <http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver-5-Thermal-Compound/dp/B0002EQU6C/ref=sr_1_4?s=electron ics&ie=UTF8&qid=1303761868&sr=1-4>


                Power Supply

                Corsair >

                Item#: N82E16817139009

                CORSAIR Enthusiast   Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire   Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply



                OS Drive

                Western   Digital >

                Item#: N82E16822136322


                Western Digital   VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"   Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


                D: [RAID5]

                Media, Projects,   Media Cache, Exports

                Western   Digital >

                Item#: N82E16822136798

                Western Digital   RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal   Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive




                Kingston   HyperX >

                Item#: N82E16820104170


                Kingston HyperX   24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model   KHX1600C9D3K6/24GXKingston HyperX 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600   (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K6/24GXKingston HyperX 24GB (6 x   4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model   KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX


                Video Card

                EVGA GeForce GTX   570

                EVGA GeForce GTX   570 Superclocked 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card with Lifetime   Warranty 012-P3-1572-AR


                Pasted   from <http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Graphics-012-P3-1572-AR/dp/B004EYSMGW/ ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1303761406&sr=1-1>


                $20 REBATE


                RAID Controller


                Item#: N82E16816116109

                3ware Internal   9750-4i SATA/SAS 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory Controller   Card, Single


                RAID cable

                3ware >

                Item#: N82E16816116097

                3ware   CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M 1 unit of 0.5m Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA   breakout cable




                Item#: N82E16832116992

                Microsoft Windows   7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM



                Antec >

                Item#: N82E16811129100

                Antec Twelve   Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case


                15 shipping


                Logitech K350

                Logitech K350   Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard



                Logitech M505

                Logitech M505   Silver 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel Wireless Laser Mouse



                Pioneer >

                Item#: N82E16827129066

                Pioneer Black 12X   BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner   Blu-ray Burner BDR-206DBKS




                Samsung F2380




                • 5. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
                  Harm Millaard Level 7

                  Looks like a very nice setup, capable of very good performance. The one thing missing is memory however. Corsair Vantage may be an affordablechoice for this system with very decent timings, DDR3-1600 9-9-9-20.

                  • 6. Re: i7 950 - 24gb 1600 ram?
                    nantoskey Level 1

                    Thanks Harm.  I'm finally about there.  I switched to the Kingston RAM because of compatibility issues with the Noctura cooler ... as far as this monster fitting properly.



                    Nan Toskey