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In a PC I7 920 @ 4 GHz and 4GB DDR3 (used mostly gaming) it makes sense to upgrade in optical add an additional 4 GB of RAM (especially 2x2) but with higher latency and also a bit of voltage (obviously the Rams will all be configured with parameters correspond to those more "relaxed" between the 2 models)?
In particular the present RAM 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-24-2N 1.6V would be added 2x2GB of 1600MHz 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
Note: it is justified by the small fee of 10-15 € being the Rams to a friend.


1) I wonder if the benefits of having 8GB instead of 4 outweigh the decrease in performance when going from 7-8-7-24 to 9-9-9-24

2) is negligible switching from 1.6va 1.65v for the ram preexisting?
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(1) To begin, 9-9-9-24 isn't a bad speed setting. I think the added boost of adding the extra 4GB would far ought weigh the speed loss; especially in gaming.

(2) The 1.6V RAM will be fine on 1.65V, especially if they will have airflow over them.

A quick caveat, if you don't have a 64x OS, then the additional RAM isn't worthwhile.
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ok tanks....so the latency and the triple channel are less important then GB in Gaming situazion....
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ok tanks....so the latency and the triple channel are less important then GB in Gaming situazion....

It depends on how the RAM is being used and there is a point where more GB isn't going to help over tighter timings and speed. However, in most situations having 8GB will show a performance boost over 4GB. The timings on the new RAM verses the old will make a difference in some cases, but again not enough to justify not increasing the amount of ram. If you can use triple channel, that would be better, but since you want to use 2GB sticks, then I would just aim for 8GB.
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