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16 GB computer memory

by spadeskingtx / April 18, 2013 3:26 PM PDT

I am thinking about building a computer based on the MSI Big Bang X Power II Intel X79 2011 Motherboard
which has 8 dimm memory slots and claims it can handle max memory of 128 GB. Here is my problem.

As I search for memory I either find memory that looks like it would be incompatible or come in no larger than 8 GB sticks. Search engines on crucial and others take my 128 GB query and alter it showing me 128 MB memory.

To be clear. To get 128 GB RAM spread across 8 dimms each one will have to hold 16 GB. So a 16 GB that provides that via 2x8 or 4x4 are useless. I need to find 8x16.

What is the fastest, most reliable memory that comes in single 16 GB dimm sticks compatible with listed MSI Big Bang X Power II Intel X79 2011 Motherboard?

And perhaps even more important how can I get to the appropriate store or web site to actually make that purchase and get it in my greedy little hands?

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Did you check with the MB MFG ? They usually
by VAPCMD / April 19, 2013 11:58 AM PDT
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list compatible RAM for their products but given the cost of the 16GB modules, I wouldn't expect to see many listed. AT $200/16GB module, it will be awhile before 16GB modules are mainstream or reasonably priced.


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by spadeskingtx / April 19, 2013 2:34 PM PDT

I tried checking the MSI website but did not find what I was looking for. Need both what is compatible and where to buy it.

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PS.....Crucial sells 16GB DIMMs but I'd be real real
by VAPCMD / April 19, 2013 12:18 PM PDT
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sure that the MB will function with all DIMMs filled with max speed/density DIMMs you want.

NOTE: MB mfg have had varying degrees of success with full population of max density DIMMs


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Was not aware of this
by spadeskingtx / April 19, 2013 2:36 PM PDT

Thanks for sharing. Was not aware of an issue with full population. Guess this is another angle I need to research.

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Re: 128 GB
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 27, 2013 8:40 PM PDT
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For what purpose do you need a computer with 128 GB of RAM?

The only use I can think of is to use it as a server to run SAP HANA or a comparable in-memory database. But I wouldn't do that on a computer I built myself.


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reason for memory size
by spadeskingtx / May 2, 2013 5:59 AM PDT
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I use and support some specialized applications that are very memory and resource hogs.
Plus I intend to use some of the memory for ramdrives to speed up certain functions that are disk intensive.

I did find out why I have been having difficulty finding the 16 GB memory dimms. Talked to a salesman at Frys about the MSI motherboard and he told me they do not yet make that memory for mainstream. He said that is more of a future thing so it will be ready for it when it is available. That explains why the Frys site had no such animal. Also explains why the Amazon site did not have it listed among recommended additional purchases when looking up the motherboard on that site. Still would have been nice if the MSI site had been a little more clear on that point.

So my hunt is over.

I am going with the Asus Rampage motherboard instead. If I populated the MSI board with 8 GB dimms now I would not want to just toss them out when 16 GB becomes available.

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