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Ok found a good deal on 8gb of ddr3 1600 patriot viper ram. I currently have some cheap PNY DDR 1333 ram (8gb as well). I have an AMD 1045t x6 CPU and Radeon 6870 GPU. The mobo is a Biostar a870 with Crossfire capability. My question is would I notice a difference bumping it up to 1600? I currently play Torchlight 2 and Borderlands 2 with some Diablo 3. I am just curious if this would even be worth the $25 to upgrade or would I be better just leaving it the way it is? Or just throw in 16gb of ram and use them to run at 1333? I'm kind of a noob to overclocking and that. I've built computers, but haven't done anything with overclocking. I would like to dump the mobo and get a nicer one for some ocing and get my 1045t up to 3+GHz... but that isn't for a while. Thanks guys! thumb.gif
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you wont notice any performance increase from 1333 to 1600. In fact, the thuban memory controller only supports up to 1333mhz. having 16gb at 1333 would make a noticeable increase when doing multiple applications at once though
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No performance difference, save your money.
 
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Ok awesome just checking thanks guys! I will save up for a new am3+ board or wait till the new piledriver chips come out or look into that route. I knew I'd need to update the mobo eventually. Going from a socket 939 to am3 was a pretty sweet deal for me though lol.
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I can't see much of a difference coming out of the apps you use. However, adding DDR3-1600 would encourage overclocking flexibility which is probably being very limited by your current DDR3-1333 set (there is a big gap between performance/OC/binning expectations when it comes to DDR3-1333 generic and DDR3-1600 and everything above). With a generic memory kit you may not be able to get a decent enough RAM OC to push the bus clock to a decent enough level to get the 1045T at high speed. Even then, however, your motherboard is a weak 3+1 phase setup and would hold back the CPU before the memory. That is where you'll want to spend your money first. In any case, 8GB of RAM is more than enough. Heck, 4GB would be fine.

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I can't see much of a difference coming out of the apps you use. However, adding DDR3-1600 would encourage overclocking flexibility which is probably being very limited by your current DDR3-1333 set (there is a big gap between performance/OC/binning expectations when it comes to DDR3-1333 generic and DDR3-1600 and everything above). With a generic memory kit you may not be able to get a decent enough RAM OC to push the bus clock to a decent enough level to get the 1045T at high speed. Even then, however, your motherboard is a weak 3+1 phase setup and would hold back the CPU before the memory. That is where you'll want to spend your money first. In any case, 8GB of RAM is more than enough. Heck, 4GB would be fine.

Yeah I am looking for a Mobo. My brother might be needing an upgrade from am2 so I might give him this one. It's been stable for me so I can't complain. But I am going to attempt some overclocking to try to get past the 3ghz mark. Finding some decent am3 boards but think ill wait till am3+ or if they release a new socket then prices will really come down lol.
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