Originally Posted by Mega Man
yea no , it does not make as much of a difference because of ram speed, if you are pushing 2400 ram it can help 2133 or less 2400/2600 is plenty
2400 ram does make a difference, stating that it does not, is like saying there is no difference between 85 and 95 ( or what ever octane you have in your country, low/ high ) for your car, there is a difference, most people just dont understand
what it is, and when they "dont see it" they tell everyone there is no performance gains in real world, which is false, as it would depend on what you do with your pc, and not a blanket statement
There are no performance gains from using higher octane fuel in 99% of production vehicles, most are tuned to run on the lower octane fuel. Some performance cars require high octane fuel and no less, or they will ping themselves to death. You can get performance gains from higher octane fuel in any cars that is not tuned for it, by re-tuning and reworking the ignition tables for more advanced timing, or increasing the compression ratio etc etc.
Back to the land of computers. Stock NB speed is 2200 for most FX processors. Most people who overclock memory are going after raw read/write/copy speeds This type of overclocking as very small real world gains as to get higher raw speed, the timings become loose. You see better gains by decreasing the latency of the memory (AKA timings).
I don't like to overclock the CPU-NB, first the extra heat created by increasing the voltage to the CPU-NB is crazy. Second, there isn't a performance increase worth the extra heat and power. 3rd in my case anything past 2400 and my Windows Aero is all sorts of messed up.
Currently I sit at 2365 on my cpu-nb with stock voltage. (215x11) my cpu is at 5052mhz (215x23.5)@ 1.525 volts Memory is at 2006mhz (215x9.33) timings are 9-9-9-24, 1T @ 1.65 volts Hyper Transport is at 2795.(215x13) This is actually the sweet spot for me, and I've benched real world things best with these settings. Increasing the memory speed and giving up the timings hurt performance in alot of cases. Higher CPU-NB speeds caused windows aero problems and maybe saw a small gain in performance ( and again increasing the CPU-NB voltage makes the cpu pump out EVEN more heat and use more power). Increasing the hypertransport speed did actually net some gains in games, small but it was there and measurable.
Btw I know people have had problems with the motherboard warping around the VRM area. I made a aluminum back plate for the VRM section. Improved temps and keeps the board from warping. I should be posting a how-to here shortly.Edited by ebduncan - 3/18/14 at 10:19am