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I have heard the AMD cpus prefer tighter timings but does the same hold true for intel? I have a 2600k with the ram in my sig rig and i am wondering if i should work on tightening the timings or speeding it up. Also i do not know to much about ram oc so what are the settings i should worry about, obviously i know the freq, timings and voltage but are there any others? any idea on what a good oc would be for my sig ram?
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I have heard the AMD cpus prefer tighter timings but does the same hold true for intel? I have a 2600k with the ram in my sig rig and i am wondering if i should work on tightening the timings or speeding it up. Also i do not know to much about ram oc so what are the settings i should worry about, obviously i know the freq, timings and voltage but are there any others? any idea on what a good oc would be for my sig ram?

Well I know that the i7 LGA 1366 CPUs really liked tighter timings since they only needed 1333MHz of RAM speed and most overclocks went beyond that.

I would assume that SandyBridge is the same way. Tighter timings>faster speed
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timings are always better than raw clock speeds.
 
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so should i drop the clock to 1333 and tighten the timings even more?
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so should i drop the clock to 1333 and tighten the timings even more?

yes, do you know how to tighten timings the correct way?
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Doesn't really matter.

With Nehalem and up the memory bandwidth doesn't matter that much. Sure your benchmarks such as Everest's memory tests might be better, but the real life benefits just aren't there.

Here is the Xbitlabs test of the LGA1156 chips which are also dual channel DDR3, and should be comparable.

You can of course tighten things down, or increase your speeds, but don't lose any sleep over it, and especially don't worry about kicking your voltage way up to try and gain some speeds.
    
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Faster speed with good timings will give higher performance if there is enough headroom with the voltages to do it comfortably. Lower speed with great timings is very close, if the timings have to be loosened up too much to get more speed the advantage of the higher frequency gets diminished.
As said above it isn't a noticeable difference like getting a faster cpu or gpu, you can see the milliseconds of difference & higher scores in benchmarks but you don't really notice milliseconds of difference in real world applications.
    
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