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Team Xtreem 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model TXWD316G2400HC10QDC01
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I paired this ram with an i5-3570k on an MSI MSI Z77A-G41 MB and everything works perfectly. At first, I enabled XMP profile for 2400Mhz 10-12-12-31 timings at 1.65v and everything rock solid. However, I read some forum where the i5 doesn't like to have the memory voltage to 1.65 V, so I disable XMP and set the timing for 2133 MHz, 10-12-12-31 at 1.5v, and I'm running like that since that day.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: There is a black version of this set that is the exact same thing at a much more higher price. So, beside the color, there is no reason to buy the black set. Also, the heatsink on the ram is very big, I won't be able to put 4 DIMMs because it won't fit with my CPU cooler, however, for me it is not an issue, 16 GB is sufficient for my needs.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W BX80637I53570K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replace my Q9550 mounted on an Asus P5E3 by this CPU paired with a MSI Z77A-G41 and the system is much more responsive and snappier. According to the Windows 7 performance index, the CPU goes from 7.4 with the Q9550 OC to 3.4 GHz, to 7.6 with this CPU at normal clock rate. This is not a big difference, however, the memory performance index goes from 7.4 to 7.9 with the same memory kit (G. Skill 1600 MHz, 2X4G)

Cons: The price of Intel CPU is never on special, they are kind of expensive

Other Thoughts: The stock cooling fan is kind of a joke; the heat sink is about half of inch height, way too small if you run demanding CPU application, and forget it if you intend to OC

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I upgrade it from an Asus P5E3 + Q9550 with 2x4G RAM, 4x500G HDD in RAID0 plus 2 others HDD and HD 7880. For the CPU I use a i5 3570K even thought I'm not a big overclocker, I want to keep mi option opened. The only thing I changed in my system is this motherboard and the CPU; I didn't have to re-install windows 7. I remove every driver related to the Asus MB, I swap the MB+CPU with this one + i5, and I installed the appropriate driver. I didn't have any problem at all. The PC is fast, snappier than before and stable. At $60 ($50 including $10 mail in rebate) you can go wrong.

Cons: All the tools that came with it (from MSI) are very bad software. The only interesting toll, Control Center, is buggy


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Display Name: Marc V.

Date Joined: 04/14/11

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/30/13
  • Last Review: 08/05/14
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