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Is it worth to overclock my memory for increased performance in games? Yes it is, very much so.

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I have been experimenting with QX 9650 and Star Wars: The Old Republic at full ultra settings. Overclocking is immensely fun to me, and I enjoy it almost as much as I enjoy games.

Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Graphics Settings: ULTRA
Resolution: 1920X1080

CPU: Intel Core 2 QX 9650 Extreme (Yorkfield)
GPU: Gigabyte Nividia GTX 580 SOC (factory overclocked to 855 MHz clock & 2052 MHz mem clock)
Board: ASUS P5Q Deluxe (Intel P45 Express Chipset)
RAM: 4X1GB DDR2 Kingston Hyper X ,1066 MHz

FPS IS HARD-CAPPED AT 60


Software: Fraps

Method: Benchmarked two times a route taken by an automatic vehicle the game offers to travel between two specific points.

Results:
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3.93 GHz (10X393), Memory 988 MHz, tRD setting: 10
2013-03-30 13:20:42 - swtor
Frames: 5507 - Time: 112539ms - Avg: 48.934 - Min: 30 - Max: 61
Bus Speed: 395MHz, Rated FSB 1580 MHz


3.93 GHz (10X393), Memory 988 MHz, tRD setting: 7

2013-03-30 13:17:38 - swtor
Frames: 5790 - Time: 110745ms - Avg: 52.282 - Min: 37 - Max: 61
Bus Speed: 395MHz, Rated FSB 1580 MHz
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3.906 GHz (9X434), Memory 1088 MHz, tRD setting: 7

2013-04-01 11:08:02 - swtor
Frames: 6701 - Time: 118795ms - Avg: 56.408 - Min: 37 - Max: 61
Bus Speed: 434MHz, Rated FSB 1736.1 MHz

3.902 GHz 8.5X459, Memory 1102 MHz, tRD setting: 8
2013-04-01 12:41:41 - swtor
Frames: 6684 - Time: 116486ms - Avg: 57.380 - Min: 37 - Max: 61
Bus Speed: 459MHz, Rated FSB 1836.1 MHz

Debrief:

1. Reducing the tRD setting from 10 to 7, increased the minimum FPS rendered by 7, and the average FPS rendered by an additional 3,348, with NO change whatsoever in CPU or BUS speed.

2. Overclocking the memory from 988 to 1088 MHz and the Bus speed from 395 to 434, resulted in a net gain of an additional 4,126 FPS average at 2MHz LESS CPU speed.

3. Overclocking the memory from 1088 to 1102 MHz and the Bus speed from 434 to 459, resulted in a net gain of an additional 1 FPS average at the same CPU speed.

-Will +7 MINIMUM FPS make a difference in a game at full ULTRA settings? Most definitely yes.
-Will an additional +8-9 AVERAGE FPS make a difference in a game at full ULTRA settings? Most definitely yes.

Ofc, if you are not gaming, there's probably no reason to even bother with overclocking your RAM I guess, but if you are, you will sure benefit from the max possible speed and tRD setting.
Edited by Arxontas - 4/1/13 at 6:24am
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post #2 of 9
Nice results there, I just recently tried OC'ing my 1600 to 1866 and was surprised at the difference. Just sold it to get some 2400 smile.gif

Btw from 1600 to 1866 gave me over 300 points in 3Dmark11 and added about 2-3fps onto my minimum fps in games. This was using my OC 3570K and 670 sli.
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post #3 of 9
Near 10 fps gain in a memory speed increase?

Im skeptical.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sgtbash View Post

Near 10 fps gain in a memory speed increase?

Im skeptical.

I would be too. I don't doubt Arxontas results, but determining FPS in an MMO is very hard. There are so many variables that change that are completely out of the users hands that could have effected the numbers that they often can't be trusted.

A couple FPS I would believe, but not 10%.


As far as OC'ing memory even if you aren't a gamer, sure, there are plenty of other programs that will benefit from it, including Windows itself. You get a small benefit from Folding@Home, Photoshop, Transcoding DVD's, etc.
post #5 of 9
On older platforms memory overclocking is worth it. This does not hold true for, now I am referring to gaming as that is what you are basing this on, current platforms aside from AMD's APUs. APUs are limited, on their GPU side, by memory bandwidth due to using RAM as their VRAM. Also, remember, you are using DDR2 where the vast majority of users are using DDR3 on their current AM3 or 115x/1366/2011 platforms. Anything over 1600mhz is really for synthetics and a boost in number crunching. Not so much for FPS in gaming.
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My system is a 2008 system. Originally it ran on the GA-P35-DS4 MOBO, a terrible motherboard for overclocking (I hate Gigabyte MOBO's).

Anyway, I decided to upgrade my MOBO and I ended up getting a PCIe-2.0 MOBO as my previous one was PCIe-1.0. I did that so that my board would not bottleneck my new GTX 580 SOC.

My mistake was that I bought a P45 DDR2 MOBO instead of an X48 DDR3 MOBO. X48 and 1600 MHz DDR3 would mean even moar FPS for my system. Now it's too late, the platform is dead and burried, and my system only has maybe 2 years max life left in it as a gaming system, so I am pretty much stuck with DDR2.

Hopefully if anyone is reading this and want to upgrade their mobo, they won't do the same mistake I did (i.e. go with DDR2 instead of DDR3).
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post #7 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

I would be too. I don't doubt Arxontas results, but determining FPS in an MMO is very hard. There are so many variables that change that are completely out of the users hands that could have effected the numbers that they often can't be trusted.

A couple FPS I would believe, but not 10%.


As far as OC'ing memory even if you aren't a gamer, sure, there are plenty of other programs that will benefit from it, including Windows itself. You get a small benefit from Folding@Home, Photoshop, Transcoding DVD's, etc.

Nice bike bro. I own a 97 FLSTF Fat Boy. On topic:

You need to pay more attention to the OP.

The MINIMUM FPS increased by 7 by modifying the tRD.
The AVERAGE FPS increased by 3.3 FPS.

So, there was a 3.3 FPS average increase by modifying the tRD setting (NOT 10.3 FPS increase), BUT the MINIMUM FPS increased by 7, i.e. from 30 to 37. Overclocking the memory further did NOT increase the minimum FPS rendered, only the average. Hope this helps.
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Nice work. This is completely consistent with all my findings so far, and it's nice to see the results on a different system.
   
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Nice bike bro. I own a 97 FLSTF Fat Boy. On topic:

You need to pay more attention to the OP.

The MINIMUM FPS increased by 7 by modifying the tRD.
The AVERAGE FPS increased by 3.3 FPS.

So, there was a 3.3 FPS average increase by modifying the tRD setting (NOT 10.3 FPS increase), BUT the MINIMUM FPS increased by 7, i.e. from 30 to 37. Overclocking the memory further did NOT increase the minimum FPS rendered, only the average. Hope this helps.

Thank you. I also have an '06 Fatboy. That is my "daily rider". Always good to hear from people who are fellow Hog owners.

The 10 FPS number was pretty much my response to Sgtbash, who said 10 FPS. That number I would be highly skeptical of.

The 3-5 FPS number from Arxontas is believable. I was just commenting on the difficulty of calculating FPS in an MMO because of all the variable.

I guess I could have written that better, but I'm half stone on cold medicine. biggrin.gif
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