*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M R2 Owner's Lounge

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  1. pathfindercod

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    If your machine came with 2933 ram then the motherboard you have will only run ram at that speed. Apparently 2 different motherboards exist, if you bought with 3200 ram originally then it would read your new ram correctly, I presume anyway.

     
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    Might as well buy 4.0 drives as this point, so you can take advantage of them with your next laptop and won't have to rebuy new 4.0 drives at that time.

    At least that's what I'm doing.
     
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    What are the exact RAM configurations you are comparing? Start offf by running memory benchmarks using AIDA or Sandra. The fact that you got worse physics scores, suggests something is wrong with your methodology. Make sure your CPU utilization is close to zero and nothing else is running on the machine during benchmarking.
     
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    That's some good numbers you got there! I'm only at number 11!

    But I like that my CPU temps stay under 80C, so I won't push it further
     
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    Local Dell have 15% off now. Very tempted. Should I go for lowest amount of 3200Mhz ram and the buy 32gb HyperX, or just go with 32gb 2933Mhz?
     
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    Depends on the overall price difference you can get between the two options and what your willing to spend. Overall as @etern4l highlighted you'll likely get roughly a 5 FPS increase (varying between games) and slight increase in benchmark scores.

    I've previously tried and reported the 3200 Crucial Ballistix (CL16) crashes and jumps between XMP profiles (Crashed down to 2933 then 2666 before i returned it). As an update I tried today the OLOy 3200 (CL18) and again returned it after it failed to boot. Cheap manufacturer without XMP profiles it appears that was even less useful than the Crucial.

    Personally I'd get the HyperX, but again only really for bragging rights similar to Spartan@HIDevolution lol, I do regret getting 32GB of the Dell 3200 (CL22) as the difference to HyperX's (CL20) is marginal and the cost prohibitive. Regardless im likely going to wait out for the HyperX this upcoming black Friday for a deal and get it "sigh".

    Only other point is going for the Dell 2933 will mean you get the motherboard that will not allow a future upgrade to 3200 if you decide later.
     
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    The whole 51m 3200 RAM thing looks like a scam. The RAM supplied by Dell has atrocious timings. They say 64GB doesn't work, but apparently 64GB HyperX does. Even HyperX doesn't look that great at 3200 - only 10% better CL than Dell vs +20% at 2933. Faster modules don't work. I would just get the cheaper of HyperX 2933 or 3200, since I doubt there is any performance difference between the two.

    As for the different motherboards: who the hell does this? Why would there be a need for a specific motherboard to run 3200 RAM. Anyone knows? @Papusan @Mr. Fox
     
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