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Does better RAM make a noticeable difference?

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I'm currently planning on getting G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) for my new build, but would I would get noticeably better performance in-game if I were get more expensive RAM like this CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB)? I'm going to get a P8P67 PRO and a 2500K in case you were wondering.
post #2 of 8
If all you're going to do is game, surf the net and watch videos it really doesn't make a lot of difference. Now if you're into benchmarking, etc. it does make a difference.
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You might have more overclocking headroom on the more expensive one. But if your getting sandy bridge there is a multiplier on the 2500k and 2600k so having the lower timings will in theory give you a minor boost in performance.
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The Ripjaws are more higher quality than the Dominators. Save your money.
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I have the Corsair Dominator GT 2000MHz (Red ones) in my system. Testing and benchmarking them at 1333, 1600, and 2000MHz was interesting. There was a rather larger difference from 1333 to 1600 and a tiny difference from 1600 to 2000.

I also tested on Halo2 (1600 slightly better) and Heaven 2.5 (slightly better). I saw no differences going from 1600 to 2000 on those two tests.

Of course, I didn't play with the timings, let the BIOS do whatever was in the SP on the sticks which turned out to be 9-9-9-24. So, I run them at 1600 and know I have a lot of headroom.

Search the forums, I've seen a lot of folks post their results to tests like these. There have to be a million tests for this run by now that a Google should find...

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post #6 of 8
Anything faster than 1600 is pretty pointless on SB if all you do is game, even going for tighter timings will see no real performance increase, save your money and use it for a more meaningful upgrade.

Good article showing the differences between ram on sandyballs
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Not at all!
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post #8 of 8
To be honest you can probably get those ripjaws to run the same timings as the dominators if you up the voltage to the same as the 1.65v of the dominators, definitely not worth the price difference. And they both look awesome if your into that stuff, but the ripjaws look much better in person for some reason. Those pics never do them justice.
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