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Hello, I will soon upgrade my comp with a new MB and CPU (Intel i5-3570K and MSI Z77A-GD55). I currently have a total of Kingston 12 Gb of RAM 1333 MHz (4 sticks, 2 4Gb and 2 2gb). It's normal Kingston sticks, not the hyper X or some other type with the thermal armour (A bit like those ones but not exactly those ones: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139075CVF ) . Will it affect my performance (gaming and multitasking) if I stick (no pun intended) with those that I currently have? Or should i get some more gaming focused type of RAM like the HyperX 1600 MHz ( http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173 ) ?

The rest of my build is:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950
620W Enermax Liberty Eco II
2 Seagate HDD 1To raid0
1 crucial SSD 64Gb
Zalman CNPS9900 max cooler
LG dvd burner
modded antec 300 case

Thanks for your time smile.gif !

PS: As you can see, I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to RAM tongue.gif sry about that ^^
Edited by TheJSeb - 6/15/12 at 10:33pm
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It won't have noticeable effects on gameplay and multitasking. They will work just fine for what you do.
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The RAM will very likely not make a difference. What video card do you have? Because with that hardware you should be getting some nice performance if you have like a GTX 560Ti or something of the sort.
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dependson what you use your pc for. if it's gaming it will have ZERO difference.
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Extensive objective, scientific testing unfortunately shows that there are little to no gains in real applications on both Intel and AMD desktop PCs once the RAM is run at ~1333 MHz. of higher. Even a 50% OC from 1333 MHz. to 2000 MHz. and lower latency does not produce a "significant" improvement in real apps. The theoretical results from synthetic benches tend to exaggerate the true value of increased RAM frequency or lower latencies vs. the results in real applications.

More RAM does help a little with some software but again you're talking minute changes with more than 4-8 GB. of RAM for most applications.

The links below discuss this subject if you want more details.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1264141/memory-gskill-tridentx-2400-mhz-at-crosshair-v-formula-and-fx-8150

http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble/10#post_16866022
Edited by AMD4ME - 6/15/12 at 9:55pm
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if anything it is nice to have 2 or 4 sticks of the same density (GB) to maintain dual channel.. 3 sticks also can maintain dual channel as well if you have ch A = ch B that is for example 2 x 4GB in channel A and 1 x 8GB in channel B.. Just for your info.

in normal everyday use and gamming, decent 1333 - 1600 RAM will be fine weather it be generic or enthuisit sticks smile.gif
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post

The RAM will very likely not make a difference. What video card do you have? Because with that hardware you should be getting some nice performance if you have like a GTX 560Ti or something of the sort.

Sry I forgot to write it: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950
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Originally Posted by AMD4ME View Post

Extensive objective, scientific testing unfortunately shows that there are little to no gains in real applications on both Intel and AMD desktop PCs once the RAM is run at ~1333 MHz. of higher. Even a 50% OC from 1333 MHz. to 2000 MHz. and lower latency does not produce a "significant" improvement in real apps. The theoretical results from synthetic benches tend to exaggerate the true value of increased RAM frequency or lower latencies vs. the results in real applications.
More RAM does help a little with some software but again you're talking minute changes with more than 4-8 GB. of RAM for most applications.
The links below discuss this subject if you want more details.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1264141/memory-gskill-tridentx-2400-mhz-at-crosshair-v-formula-and-fx-8150
http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble/10#post_16866022

Nice info! I did read something that starting 1333, they were less difference when going 1600. So it's probably for the looks also, having a nice thermal amour tongue.gif . I'm surprised how much RAM prices have dropped compared to a couple of years ago, amazing. probably in a couple of months if I want to have better looks ill get some HyperX or G.Skills.

Thx! +rep
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