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post #1 of 6
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to get RAM faster than 1600???
I'm building a Sandy Bridge rig soon and I plan on OCing aggressively. Does the RAM speed matter?

Also, if a mobo has 4 RAM slots, is it bad to fill it up with 4 sticks?
Thanks!
post #2 of 6
asking a question like that on OCN is a no no. Moar speed. But for games thats plenty,

The less sticks of Ram the better. 2X4gb kits are ideal.
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if your wanting to overclock as high as possible then getting memory kits faster than 1600mhz can help, but with sandy bridge were all the overclocking is done by the CPU multiplier and doesnt increase the ram speed it isnt needed.

having more sticks of ram means more stress for the IMC and can hinder overclocks.
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you need moar speed! that cheap ram won't go from say..667 to..950...higher bandwidth also does give more throughput,and more options when overclocking..ps..my cpu is @ 4.6 atm..and..2 4 gb sticks would be better..

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post #5 of 6
a kit that can run high can usually overclock higher.

its kind of like putting a crap air cooler on a gtx 590 and water on a 590
the 590 on water will obviously go higher because its better equipped for it
usually 1800 speed ram will have a better stock cooling setup
post #6 of 6
^you should probably use the 6990 as a better example of this. Most 590s are greatly limited in their OC'ing by the limited amount of voltage increase that is allowed and the limits are similar on air and water. Water is just quieter and keeps it cooler.
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