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Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB - $110.99

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[Amazon.ca] Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB - $110.99

Pretty good match for Ryzen 5 5600X builds. Decent utility part, no RGB, it's just RAM. Regularly $119 and was $113.99 a couple of days ago. NewEgg has same price, but $7.99 shipping.

Looks to be approaching the prices from last fall/winter.

Now to find a good deal for a CPU cooler...
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Ryzen 5000 likes dual rank memory for optimum performance.

2 x 8 is not it.
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Be wary if this review is true:

"Starting February 2021 Amazon only shipping BL16G32C16U4B.M8FB1 modules instead of BL16G32C16U4B.M16FE1. In real life applications for a gaming system 2 Rank (2 sticks x 1 Rank) vs 4 Rank (2 sticks x 2 Ranks or 4 sticks x 1 Rank) memory configuration means up to 4-9% decrease in performance with all the same components and settings."
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owen81 wrote: Be wary if this review is true:

"Starting February 2021 Amazon only shipping BL16G32C16U4B.M8FB1 modules instead of BL16G32C16U4B.M16FE1. In real life applications for a gaming system 2 Rank (2 sticks x 1 Rank) vs 4 Rank (2 sticks x 2 Ranks or 4 sticks x 1 Rank) memory configuration means up to 4-9% decrease in performance with all the same components and settings."
Not relevant for a 2x 8GB kit.
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Buy 2 kits. 32gb isn too much nowadays.
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noxlord wrote: Buy 2 kits. 32gb isn too much nowadays.
Probably not a good idea. On most motherboards RAM can only run at its potential in 2 of the 4 ram slots. When filling all 4 slots often the controller needs to slow down all the RAM and it won't post at the higher frequency. If a builder is wanting 32gb RAM then a 2x16gb kit is likely a better choice to buy.
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launch wrote: Probably not a good idea. On most motherboards RAM can only run at its potential in 2 of the 4 ram slots. When filling all 4 slots often the motherboard RAM controller needs to slow down all the RAM and it won't post at the higher frequency. If a builder is wanting 32gb RAM then a 2x16gb kit is likely a better choice to buy.
"With modern CPUs the memory controller is built directly into the CPU itself"

Understanding CPU limitations with memory
https://www.crucial.com/support/article ... ith-memory
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Maybe just my motherboard?
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launch wrote: Probably not a good idea. On most motherboards RAM can only run at its potential in 2 of the 4 ram slots. When filling all 4 slots often the motherboard RAM controller needs to slow down all the RAM and it won't post at the higher frequency. If a builder is wanting 32gb RAM then a 2x16gb kit is likely a better choice to buy.
When I researched this for my build, I found it wasn't a concern with Ryzen. Going 4x8gb is the best way to ensure one gets a 32 GB dual rank configuration. I've read that 2x16gb kits will likely be single rank now. I use the memory linked in the OP in this configuration with XMP timings without issue on an asus b550-f.

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