GRABBED SOME DDR4 3200

Grabbed some faster memory for the rig as the old NT series is not very fast. With vastly lower prices it made sense to upgrade the RAM. NewEgg is shipping the RAM from Richmond Hill, ON while I am on the west coast so it will take a week to get here.

  • G.SKILL Flare X DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
  • F4-3200C16D-16GFX
  • 16-18-18-38
  • JEDEC 1.35V
  • Canadian $90 per pair

A total of 4 sticks of 8192MB have been procured which is 32GB in total. The larger capacity 16GB sticks are about double which was considered but the 8GB sticks will make do. CL16 is a good speed grade considering the existing RAM. There are some CL14 memory sticks but they are very expensive.

The Flare X DDR4-3200 are not available in 4 packs. This means a slight risk that the pair of two packs may not work as well together. Given they are the same model I am confident that G.Skill will deliver the rated speeds. If not, I can return the memory back to NewEgg and try something else.

The goal is to have memory that is faster so that the overall performance of the game is improved while also improving stability.

The 3200 speed is the fastest JEDEC speed which is all that AMD supports. Intel has continued to go beyond the JEDEC standard. DDR4-4800 is the highest available at present. Faster memory is very expensive which is an unwise use of funds given that the standard is all that is needed.

The MSI X570-A PRO supports up to DDR4-4400 but the AMD processors I use are not able to reach those speeds without overclocking. I noticed that MSI now has no memory at all on the support list. Users are now expected to fend for themselves.

Perhaps in 2021 when the standard for DDR5 is complete and the industry makes a move to PCIe 5.0 the existing X570 motherboard is intended to be in service for a few years.

A new CPU for the X570 is mostly to have more PCIe lanes to better support the X570 and a larger faster Intel 665p SSD. The X570 may be in service for a year or more after DDR5 is available as early prices tend to be brutal.

Taking a longer term approach to gaming makes sense with the contemporary standards. Chassis, PSU, motherboard SATA are all standardardized. Replacing parts is incremental. Swapping the motherboard, CPU and RAM is more costly.