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Poll Results: Whats better, tighter timings, or higher frequency?

 
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post #1 of 5
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So basically whats better? Tighter timings or higher frequency? Assuming prices are identical, is it better to get 16GB of ram running at 7-7-7-18 1066Mhz or 9-9-9-24 1600mhz? Are they about equal?
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I've always heard intel does better on higher frequency.
    
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Bit tech did a review showing ivy loved 2400 memory
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post #4 of 5
In pretty much every test I did, higher frequency had more impact than tighter timings. Intel CPUs love bandwith, so go for the highest frequency you can find (budget permitting).
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post #5 of 5
The highest frequency you can afford, with the tightest timings relative to other comparably priced kits.

G.Skill and Mushkin are favorites of mine. I find that DDR3-2133 is the sweet spot for performance/price. Something like 2x4GB DDR3-2133 9-11-10-28, 10-11-10-28, 9-11-9-27, or similar is ideal. People will say that "nothing above 1600 has any difference", but I have found that to be completely false. The higher speed your memory, the higher the minimum fps you'll get in games. The difference is usually 2-8fps depending on the game, but it's enough that a game that stutters occasionally on 1600 will be completely smooth on 2133+.
   
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