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How do i know if i should loosen or tighten timing?

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I've been overclocking my computer for awhile now, and I've to hit a wall, but i have yet to touch my RAM.
I guess what my question is, How do I know when I should Tighten or loosen my RAM
 
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If your pushing your RAM frequency higher than speced you may want to loosen timings, if your bringing the frequency down, you may tighten them

Like for a 1600MHz CL8 Kit, you may use 1333MHZ CL7 or 1866 CL9 (if they can handle this of course ).
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Okay so my ram at stock speed was 1333MHZ CL 9, and now its at 1500MHz i might want to use CL10 ?
 
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Originally Posted by Halostryker View Post
Okay so my ram at stock speed was 1333MHZ CL 9, and now its at 1500MHz i might want to use CL10 ?
try and push it to 1600 mhz cas 9, if it can't do it bump the voltage a bit and try again
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If it is stable at 9-9-9-24 (?), then you don't need to change anything. If you're getting errors, or system freezes, loosen the timings a bit, or increase voltage a little bit if still running them at stock volts. You may want to try to loosen the second value, to 9-10-9, or 9-11-9.
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You can use this formula:
(CL/RAM Speed) * 1000 = Latency in ns
E.g. 1600 CL8
(8/1600)*1000=5ns
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Originally Posted by matroska View Post
If your pushing your RAM frequency higher than speced you may want to loosen timings, if your bringing the frequency down, you may tighten them

Like for a 1600MHz CL8 Kit, you may use 1333MHZ CL7 or 1866 CL9 (if they can handle this of course ).
That's the general rule of thumb. But if you don't want to play with the timings...try changing the CR or Command Rate, this is usually either 1T or 2T....1 is faster and 2 is slower...it generally speeds up everything
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Ive heard that AMD like to have tighter timings vs higher clock speeds (intels the opposite?) you might try leaving it at 1333 and seeing if you can get the timings down tighter with that mushkin you may be able to get them down to the 8s pretty easly
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