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Old August 10, 2013, 07:26 PM
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I would like to know how does the ram speed scales with the increased latency, for gaming performance specifically.

For example lets take DDR-1600 CL9 vs DDR-1866 CL10. Or DDR-2000 CL11.

Is it worth spending the extra money in getting a lower CL?


How about just ram speed purely for gaming performance? Worth it paying extra for a 1866 vs a standard 1600?
Ex: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
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Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-2133 240PIN C9 DIMM 1.65V Dual Channel Memory Kit

DDR-2133 vs only DDR-1600, but how much more performance you gain for paying over double?

In your opinion which ram brand, speed and specs would be the best bang for the buck for games? (I would like at least 16GB, mainly because I want to get a SSD and disable page file)

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Old August 11, 2013, 07:09 AM
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Either or. You will have no difference in FPS between DDR-1600 CL9 vs DDR-1866 CL10. You'll notice it in synthetic benchmarks or maybe some computing apps but not in games.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,1.html

I'd get it though if you are building a killer rig.

Don't waste your time with 16gb. You will NEVER use it all. NEVER. I've got 8gb and have not once come close to using more than 6 with any app. SSD and no page file. Games won't use more than 4gb total. I've got ram usage being monitored on my g19 lcd screen.
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Old August 11, 2013, 10:46 AM
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Roger. So looking at that review, it seems that ram performance in games is nil.

So IMO I might as well go with these: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory, as they are the cheapest currently available, and standard DDR-1600 CL9. In the past I only went with corsair/patriot, but I believe G.Skill is also a solid brand for ram? Is their RMA process comparable to corsair/patriot/crucial?
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G.Skill has by far the lowest DOA and return rates when it comes to memory, as well as one of the lower wholesale prices. Pretty much the go to choice if you don't need Corsair level customer service.
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Old August 11, 2013, 07:34 PM
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i'D GO WITH THIS:

G.SKILL RipjawsX F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-2133 CL11-11-11-30 1.5V Memory Kit
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Talk to the great Eldonko no one loves the high speed DDR then that man, he knows all and will tell all. otherwise I have that 2133 kit right now and some 1066,1333,1600,1866 and 2400 kits I could waste a weekend testing some day soon
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That's not entirely true, Minecraft with custom textures can eat as much ram as you let it. I actually wish I had 16gb instead of 8. My system is currently using 5gb (1.2 for firefox alone)

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Either or. You will have no difference in FPS between DDR-1600 CL9 vs DDR-1866 CL10. You'll notice it in synthetic benchmarks or maybe some computing apps but not in games.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,1.html

I'd get it though if you are building a killer rig.

Don't waste your time with 16gb. You will NEVER use it all. NEVER. I've got 8gb and have not once come close to using more than 6 with any app. SSD and no page file. Games won't use more than 4gb total. I've got ram usage being monitored on my g19 lcd screen.
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That's not entirely true, Minecraft with custom textures can eat as much ram as you let it. I actually wish I had 16gb instead of 8. My system is currently using 5gb (1.2 for firefox alone)
That is because minecraft is a java whore and we all know java chews through memory like crazy.
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Exactly. So saying NEVER is quite the strong statement as there are instances where needing more than 8gb of ram is valid.
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Exactly. So saying NEVER is quite the strong statement as there are instances where needing more than 8gb of ram is valid.
The term "never" is bad. It should be more along the lines of "See what your needs are and go from there"

Some people don't even need 4gb of ram but its cheap.
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