Does RAM speed make a big difference

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by jon76, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. jon76

    jon76 New Member

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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
     
  2. Geoff

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    For only 3 euros more I'd go for it.
     
  3. jonnyp11

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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.
     
  4. Shane

    Shane ComputerForum Fanatic Staff Member

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    Doubt it would make much difference,Id prefer 1600Mhz ram with better timings myself.
     
  5. jon76

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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
     
  6. jonnyp11

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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.
     
  7. jon76

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    Ah thanks, so that's what CL9 is on the product description, both the memory bundles I am looking at have CL9 on
     
  8. claptonman

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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.
     
  9. jon76

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    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/62...4GB-PC3-15000-1866MHz-DDR3-DIMM-Red-/RAM0342/

    http://www.cclonline.com/product/46...DR3-Vengeance-Memory-Four-Module-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
     
  10. claptonman

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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.
     
  11. jon76

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    Well to be fair I was going to get 2 lots of the 1866 ram to make it 16gb ram, I know I probably won't use it but I just have an interest in getting the highest specs I can on a budget, it's a shame my motherboard only supports up to 16 gb ram, also I think 1866 is the most it supports
     
  12. claptonman

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    Yeah, for £13 more, might as well go with the 1866. Be sure to manually set your timings and speed, if need be. It'd be under MIT in BIOS and them memory configuration, or something like that. My ram was running at 11-11-11-28 for a while before I found that in BIOS.
     
  13. jon76

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    to be fair i'm a bit out of my depth changing memory configuration but when I get round to doing it I shall do some research, I'm sure I will be able to work it out, it's always good to learn more, does my current ram for the computer in my signature need altering?
     
  14. claptonman

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    No way to tell as is. Need to know what the standard specs are on them and what they show on your computer. If you wanna download and install the program Speccy it'll tell you the speed and timings of your RAM.
     
  15. jon76

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    Cheers, I am currently on a netbook as the computer is on the main tv which is in use also have to pack for a holiday, I will download it a bit later and post it on thanks again
     
  16. jon76

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    Just downloaded the program, it says the RAM is 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (9-9-9-24)
     

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