@ xd_1771: Thanks for your insight into what benefits can be seen with specific RAM timings. As for the link to the 7-7-7 Mushkin Redline ($80)when I referred to 7-9-8 Mushkin Redline($59) , I screwed up and posted the wrong link!
I meant to link to this set of Muskin Redline 7-9-8 @ $59
. I would really like to step up to some 7-7-7. I may bite the bullet and spend the extra $20, but that set is currently out of stock. It just seems like the price/performance curve gets steep after the ~$60 range and I am always looking for the best value. My main use for this rig is for gaming. Right now I have a 4 GB set of Corsair 2000 Mhz that runs @ 1600 9-9-9-24, OR I have a 8 GB set of GSkill 1066 7-7-7-18. I have tried using the 8 GB with no Page File, and I see a slight tick eliminated in games from the Page write, BUT, I see a huge increase in load times- about double compared to when I use the faster Corsair 4GB. However, with 4 GB a Page File is needed, which brings in a small tick in game when it writes- even to my 500 MB/s SSD. I would get a matching set of 2000 Mhz Corsair 4 GB to get me up to 8 GB, but it is real pricey- $50 for 4 GB and I end up running 4 sticks instead of 2. I got that first 4 GB last year with a huge rebate that brought it down to $25. For $50 today, I can get into a 2x4 set of 8 GB 1600 Mhz and use only 2 sticks rather than 4 which AFAIK is preferable. Rather confusing, I know, but that is where I am at right now. I am sure some 1600x 9-9-9-24 would be fine, BUT I would like to squeeze a bit more speed out of my rig, so I am aiming for at least 1600x8-8-8-24.
So, with a fixed link pointing to the correct 7-9-8 set , which of these do you think is the better option xd?:
Mushkin Blackline 1600 x 8-8-8-24 @ 1.5v $54.99
orMushkin Redline 1600 x 7-9-8-24 @ 1.65v $59.99
Taken alone, the CL rating indicates that the CL7 will be around 15% faster than the CL8 .
CL8 = 1/1600*8=.005 s/cycle
CL7 = 1/1600*7=.004375 s/cycle.
However when the 4 main timings are included (7+9+8+24=8+8+8+24), the overall timing is equal. Will the CL timing yield faster performance (15%?), even though the aggregate of the four main timings is the same? Which will have higher throughput on my rig? How about overall latency?
Will the 1.5 v allow more CPU OC headroom compared to the 1.65 v? I have read what I could find on this matter, and I can't find any conclusive information. Some people say yes, and others say it doesn't make any difference. The best OC I can get on my 555 is currently 244x16.5=4040 Mhz -2700 NB with my 1.65 v Corsair 2000 Mhz 2x2 GB memory @ 1600x9-9-9-24. If the 8CL @ 1.5 v would allow me to bump up the OC a notch further, that would be better IMO than slightly faster memory. I do know that the 1.5 v memory will allow a bit more memory OC potential (can probably set the CL8 to the same timings as the CL7 if I bump the v up to 1.65 for instance), but I prefer running stock as I like less chance of BSOD in the midst of a game rather than a fuzz faster memory speed.
The $4 difference in these sets isn't an issue, I am looking for the best 8 GB for around $60 , which I determined to be the "sweet spot" for memory pricings at the moment. Which set would you recommend and why?
@ Smuckley : What voltage do you use to hit those timings with that Samsung? I am curious about low voltage RAM, BUT I really want to make sure I can hit at least 8-8-8 and be completely
stable with my new set. Can you post a MaxxMem showing your timings? I started this thread with my memory purchase narrowed down to two sets, and now the field of prospects is growing again
.Edited by Jagged_Steel - 3/19/12 at 9:37pm