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So over the years I have never really noticed any benefit with more expensive, faster RAM...but that was back in the day mostly with 800 vs 1066...

Recently bought a 3930k and a RIVE...so now I am curious whether I should try things out again. I know there are a lot of people that are going to recommend the Samsung ram, but as petty as this is, I just don't like the look of bare ram. lol.

RAM I currently own, left over from sig rig:

One set of: Corsair Vengeance Black
One set of: Corsair Vengeance Red



Ram I have been looking at (obviously two sets of each)....

G.Skill Sniper

Corsair Dominator GT

G.Skill Trident X



I've never actually owned any G.Skill RAM, always been a corsair memory guy...but yeah.

Thoughts?
 
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No, not at all. I have never heard of people getting faster ram to boost their performance. If you don't like your's then just OC it.
    
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Kind of what I thought. lol. Thanks. Just wasn't sure if going from 1600 to 2400 would be noticable/worth-it.
 
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well I don't know my self, I'm using 1600MHz with my 3930K right now. but I did order the Dominator GT 2133 16GB kit. it will arrive after a week.

I have seen some charts showing the difference between 1600 and 2133 in games. with the 2133mhz ram FPS was higher by 4 FPS. let me try and find it.

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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/319956-31-htpc

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Edited by Fantasy - 5/3/12 at 11:50pm
    
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post #5 of 7
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Yeah, I don't really game so that isn't a big priority...but still interested in your feedback/input thumb.gif
 
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According to the article I read a few weeks ago when building my new computer:
The difference between 1600 and 2400 is small (1-2FPS in most games, the exception was Shogun 2 Total War which got around a 4FPS gain).
The difference between 1866 and 2400 is tiny (<1FPS in pretty much every game).

I forgot where this article was, but they did a lot of tests with a lot of different ram speeds/timings. I ended up going with 1866 because everything after that is usually 1.65v (not Ivy friendly), or 1.5v but $200. Good 1866 1.5v kits run like $50, and the difference between that and those $200 kits is pretty much 0 in games. It's not worth it, gamer or not.

However, If you are at DDR3 1333 or lower, then you can see some decent gains. I consider DDR3 1600 the minimum right now, it's cheap.
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Sounds good. Might just grab some 1866 stuff that fits my theme the best. That way I am running the RIVE at the desired settings without having to OC my current ram.

Thanks.thumb.gif +rep
 
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