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Old 06-13-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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I have been looking at deals on ram I can get 16gb ram 1600mhz split into 4 in a bundle for 87, I have also spotted 8gb ram1866mhz split into 2 for 45, but i'm not sure if the speed makes a big difference or not
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For only 3 euros more I'd go for it.
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For 3 then yeah, but you won't notice a huge difference, the only time i've used 1866 was with a better cpu and all so i can't say it was the ram definitely, but that system was incredibly fast and snappy at everything i threw at it.
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Doubt it would make much difference,Id prefer 1600Mhz ram with better timings myself.
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Thanks for the replies, I have to say I don't know that much about ram other than how to install it, what exactly do you mean by better timings, this will come after I replace my psu with a Corsair one, but I have wanted 16gb ram for some time, partially just so I can see it in the properties screen
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The cas latency i think is what he's referring to

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Column Address Strobe (CAS) latency, or CL, is the delay time between the moment a memory controller tells the memory module to access a particular memory column on a RAM memory module, and the moment the data from given array location is available on the module's output pins
And a higher speed would mean it could access the memory more times per second, but since it is so fast already, cas would probably be bigger change than mhz.
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The cas latency i think is what he's referring to



And a higher speed would mean it could access the memory more times per second, but since it is so fast already, cas would probably be bigger change than mhz.
Ah thanks, so that's what CL9 is on the product description, both the memory bundles I am looking at have CL9 on
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If you could post links to it, it'd help.

Look at the timings, also. The lower the better. I'd say if they're both cas 9, I'd go for the 1866.
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If you could post links to it, it'd help.

Look at the timings, also. The lower the better. I'd say if they're both cas 9, I'd go for the 1866.
Just had a look, think I miss read one of them, but here are the links to the ones I was looking into http://www.cclonline.com/product/625...-Red-/RAM0342/

http://www.cclonline.com/product/461...e-Kit/RAM1204/

I was pretty sure the first one had CL9 on but couldn't find the one I was looking at before so posted the closest I could find
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Yeah, I'd absolutely go for the 8GB of 1866 RAM, unless you're doing something that requires that much RAM.
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