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Old 09-08-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Is there a noticeable difference in ram speed, say. 1600 vs 1866 or 1333 vs 1600, assuming no OC?
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Between 1333 and 1600, I would say there is a difference, depending on your timings on the RAM, too. Between 1600 and 1866, I don't think many boards or processors use the extra speed all that well. Getting 1600 RAM with good timings is the best bet, in my opinion. (Better timings = lower. 8-8-8-24 is better than 9-10-9-27)
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Between 1333 and 1600, I would say there is a difference, depending on your timings on the RAM, too. Between 1600 and 1866, I don't think many boards or processors use the extra speed all that well. Getting 1600 RAM with good timings is the best bet, in my opinion. (Better timings = lower. 8-8-8-24 is better than 9-10-9-27)
Technically, there's a difference between them all. Timings don't make that much difference anymore, most new CPUs are able to hide latency better and a 10 cycle CAS delay isn't exactly that long when you have 667000000 cycles available.

That said, overall, I'd say you likely wouldn't notice the difference unless you ran benchmarks.
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Thanks for the replies guys I was gona get 8gb of 1866, instead of 1600 since the price difference isn't a lot but since there's no noticeable difference in performance, no point wasting those 15 bucks then
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