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Looking to upgrade the ram in my sig rig. Any suggestions? I've heard the Samsung ram is pretty good bang for buck. But I've always been a fan of corsair and g skill. Looking for at least 8gb if not 16gb.
    
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Good lord, an NForce board! Haven't used one in ages!

Unless you're after super extra mega performance any kit is going to serve you well. I know Corsair Vengeance kits are dirty cheap in the UK (they're fairly tall so watch out for your cooler) but it doesn't matter too much unless you're after mega low timings and overclocking massively with other stuff.
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Well, if I'm going to upgrade, I want the best possible within reasonable prices tongue.gif
    
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Well, with it being super cheap it depends your budget! You US based ye?
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1600MHz DDR3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314 - $46.99 free shipping - 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw series CAS9. Won consumer choice awards!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233254 - $74.99 8GB Corsair Vengeance CAS7

1866MHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233184 - Corsair Vegeance 8GB CAS9 $66.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220562 - Patriot 8GB CAS9 $59.99

2000MHZ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226189 - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB CAS9 1.65v (take note in case you need to stay within a limit, prob not) $69.99


I've always personally gone for speed over timings. Tighter timings result in lower latency but when this stuff is measured in nanoseconds I find it hard to be too bothered about it. ALL those kits would be great but budget depending get the one that's the best for the money! 16GB kits are about double the price, minus around 10%.
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Any of the brand name RAM will perform the same at the same frequency and latencies. Testing by numerous sources has shown there is little to be gained above ~1333 MHz. in real apps.

You'll need to compare price vs. speed and goals. 8 GB. is usually enough for most people but if you need or can use 16 GB. then fine. 16 GB. won't increase system speed per se but allows more apps. to be open concurrently.

Deneb CPUs will usually run OC'd RAM @ ~1600 MHz., Thubans @ ~1800 MHz. and FX CPUs @ ~2000+ MHz.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble/10#post_16866022
Edited by AMD4ME - 4/6/12 at 7:19am
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Ah, thanks for all the info! It's my understanding that AMD's like timing over speed correct? I think I might go with that CAS7 Corsair Vengeance up there =) It's on sale for 64.99. Thanks guys!
    
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Check there'll be room for your CPU cooler as they're fairly tall those kits!

Good luck! You should do benchmarks before and after and post them here biggrin.gif
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Ah, thanks for all the info! It's my understanding that AMD's like timing over speed correct? I think I might go with that CAS7 Corsair Vengeance up there =) It's on sale for 64.99. Thanks guys!

At frequencies of ~1333 MHz. - the default for AMD PII CPUs, there is no tangible gains with either lower latencies or increased frequency - per the link I posted and testing by Tom's Hardware, AnandTech and X-Bit Labs, to name a few sources who have done extensive testing on both AMD and Intel desktop PCs.

If you want to see true changes in performance use Real Applications, not synthetic benches as they do not 100% represent real apps. The link I posted has Far Cry 2 results from "damric" showing only a 3 FPS gain @ 36 FPS, with a 50% RAM OC to 2000 MHz. with an FX 6100 CPU. It's unfortunate that there are no significant gains with higher RAM frequencies in AMD or Intel desktop PCs but it's understandable when you realize that DDR3 RAM @ ~1333 MHz. is not a system bottleneck and as RAM frequency increase one clock cycle in real time becomes less and less so tighter latencies mean little. It's worth noting that some folks disagree on what is a "significant gain in real apps." so if 1-3 FPS @ 36 FPS is significant to you, then you'll be thrilled to death with the insignificant gains. wink.gif

As always: I recommend that people buy what makes them happy. The tech info. referenced is for educational purposes. It will help you understand why you don't see tangible gains in real apps. with the higher clocked RAM.

BTW - The Llano APU is the one exception as the GPU does benefit from the higher RAM frequency.
Edited by AMD4ME - 4/6/12 at 10:54am
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