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CAS Latency vs. Cost

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Hello, I was looking at RAM for a new build and came to an impasse. I am debating on whether or not I should go for 7-8-8-24 timing or 8-8-8-24. It's going to be 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) at 1600. I would like to know exactly how the timings would affect the things I do (gaming, video rendering, engineering software stuff).

Question one: is it worth getting the faster memory? Ignore the cost here. I just want to know if there will be a noticeable difference whatsoever.

Question two: is the faster memory worth it if the slower memory (8-8-8-24) costs $53 and the faster memory (7-8-8-24) costs $73?
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faster ram doesnt effect much when gaming, but when compressing files, or browsing the web, it can be a bit faster. i would get 8GB of samsung wonder ram for $38. people have gotten it down to 7-8-8-24 at stock clocks, or over 2400mhz at respectable timings.
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On Intel the improvement will be 1-2% at best, so your rig has to be worth at least $1-2k for it to be worth spending extra $20 on memory.

+1 to the thepoopscooper, go for Samsung OEM sticks if you want to have the best value.
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