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Old September 17, 2012, 04:44 PM
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I'm not a ram expert, but yes it's possible that lower settings might produce degraded performance.

Back in the day when I was trying to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my S939 3700 I spent days and days trying to find the best possible secondary timings... I'd mostly run super-pi and use that as my benchmark, and when tightening a particular setting you'd get it down to a certain point where it gave the best performance and then if you lowered it any further it'd start to degrade.

I always assumed it was due to the settings relationship(s) with other settings and that (in layman's terms) a too-tight setting would make it miss it's "handshake" and therefore have to go around a full turn again to meet up. I'm sure that's not really how it works, but it's how I always worked my brain around the apparent paradox of lower settings providing poorer performance.
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