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I looked at the qualified vendors list and I am trying to decide between these two for gaming:


http://www.frys.com/product/6468402?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

timing 8-9-8-24
voltage 1.65


http://www.frys.com/product/6487492?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

timing 9-9-9-24
voltage 1.5




both are ddr 1600 and same price.
im using it mainly for gaming.


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m5a97
phenom ii x4
500w power supply
hd6700 gddr5
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post #2 of 6
Take the 1.5v.

You very likely aren't going to see a difference between 8-9-8 and 9-9-9, but the 1.5v set should be easier on everything, not to mention minor power savings.

For the record, my Corsair Vengeance 1600 9-9-9 has no problem running at 8-9-8 anyway, you could just set it by hand.
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ok thanks
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post #4 of 6

There's no evidence pointing to lower voltage being better, or even providing any significant savings (i.e. more than 5W) in power consumption.  In fact, some of the (still) best DDR3 memory kits ever produced in terms of clocking ability were binned to run at 1.8-1.9V - and could handle such voltages for extended periods of time.  There is no DDR3 platform on the market right now that will have trouble running 1.65V DDR3 memory - LGA1155 will even do so.

 

But I'd say the results between the two kits would be even in terms of clocking, stability, heat or anything.  Go with what's best for price.

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Independent testing on both AMD and Intel desktop PCs (excluding Llano), has shown that with DDR3 RAM at ~1333 MHz. and higher there is no significant gains in real apps. with different frequency or latencies so pick the RAM that makes you happy. You would not be able to tell any difference in the RAM choices listed.
Edited by AMD4ME - 5/4/12 at 6:19am
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thanks i chose the corsair
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