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DDR 1333 or 1600 for an i5-2500k

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Getting an i5-2500k socket 1155, aiming for a 4.5 or 5ghz OC.

I know the official recommended speed is DDR 1333, but, I'm seeing many people using DDR 1600 memory, is it worth it ? Or is that just for an OC ?
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 8/19/11 at 12:57am
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The difference between 1333 and 1600 in most applications is negligible. I would go with the one with the better price / better brand / better timings over sheer speed.
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i suggest 1600 since its only $10-15 more than 1333.
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1600MHz memory thumb.gif
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1600mhz ram is often found at the same price, lower or within $5 of price compared to generic RAM
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There is also a nice thread for choosing RAM:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-memory/1085715-overclocking-choosing-ram-sandybridge-h67-p67.html
You should have a look!
From bit-tech.net (The link to this is also in the thread above):
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If you're the type of person that runs dozens of applications all at once, then a higher memory frequency does help, particularly when you're running demanding software. However, our testing shows that memory rated at over 1,866MHz doesn't give much extra performance. Worse still, in some applications only 1,333MHz memory gives a performance penalty, meaning that 1,600MHz memory is fine.
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1600 or faster. smile.gif I like the fastest because of more snappyness.
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2200 biggrin.gif

I would go with some 1600 cl7 @1.5v which you can get 8 gigs of for a decent price. If you get some decent sticks, I bet you can hit 2133 @cl9 1.65v. If you dont plan on overclocking it then I would just get some 1600 cl9 which isnt much more than 1333 ram and it should be a bit snappier at the same latency.
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From one of the memory reviews...
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However, in general terms, you should keep in mind two things. Firstly, the memory frequency is of greater importance for the overall system performance than the memory timings.
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Definitely the 1600MHz memory smile.gif
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