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[AT] Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3

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Source: AnandTech

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Even though there's merely a $34 price difference between the fastest and slowest memory tested today, I still don't believe there's any value in the more expensive memory kits on the Sandy Bridge platform. Once you have enough bandwidth (DDR3-1600 at a small $9-$10 price premium), there's just not enough of a performance increase beyond that to justify the additional cost, even when it's only $34 between 4GB kits. Once you jump to the 8GB kits, the price difference for CL9 DDR3-1600 is a mere $8, but it becomes much more pronounced at $92 to move to DDR3-2133. We simply can’t justify such a price difference based on our testing.
This isn't anything new, but I know it'll be helpful for a lot of people asking "What memory should I get?"
 
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good post. So many people ask that same question over again.
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Yeah exactly. And not that I mind giving advice, but having an article (or two) to refer to like this Anand one, will keep users from being persuaded to get the "better" RAM.
 
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The price difference may be small for Anand but some places love to price gouge kits that are either faster or have big shiny heatsinks on them.
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Nice find.
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bumped good info about DDR3 RAM for sandy
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I'm interested to see if bulldozer or Ivy will change this. I remember dropping tons of money for a low latency DDR kit back in the day, and then realizing it did almost nothing for FPS.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iota View Post
I'm interested to see if bulldozer or Ivy will change this. I remember dropping tons of money for a low latency DDR kit back in the day, and then realizing it did almost nothing for FPS.
fixed.

I mean unless were having a memory latency benchmark competition.
    
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