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I currently have my RAM set to it's default 1600MHz and I've read somewhere that the IB platform doesn't benefit much at all from RAM overclock.

So what do you guys think is it worth the trouble?
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In terms of real-world performance, the benefits of going beyond 1600MHz are limited outside of specialized applications and/or synthetic benchmarks.

Were you to post you CPU, motherboard, and RAM's model numbers as well as what you use your computer for, then it would possible to give a more definite answer.
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In terms of real-world performance, the benefits of going beyond 1600MHz are limited outside of specialized applications and/or synthetic benchmarks.

Were you to post you CPU, motherboard, and RAM's model numbers as well as what you use your computer for, then it would possible to give a more definite answer.

Thank you for your answer, The reason for not including that information in the original post is
i'm just curious about this topic and don't have any intention in doing so.
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In terms of real-world performance, the benefits of going beyond 1600MHz are limited outside of specialized applications and/or synthetic benchmarks.

This is 100% not true, people really need to stop spreading this rumor... doh.gif
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

This is 100% not true, people really need to stop spreading this rumor... doh.gif

Care to explaine why you say so?
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Originally Posted by Yoyo1555 View Post

Care to explaine why you say so?

It's really common sense, if faster ram didn't do anything we'd all still be on 100MHz DDR1... rolleyes.gif
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In terms of real-world performance, the benefits of going beyond 1600MHz are limited outside of specialized applications and/or synthetic benchmarks.

Were you to post you CPU, motherboard, and RAM's model numbers as well as what you use your computer for, then it would possible to give a more definite answer.

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It's really common sense, if faster ram didn't do anything we'd all still be on 100MHz DDR1... rolleyes.gif

Not true, the question wasn't if DDR3 is better than DDR-400 because they're not comparible by any means.
The question was is going beyond 1600MHz on IB has any tangible performance benefits.

Now I know that high RAM frequencies results in a slight higher USB 3.0 transfer rates only through the intel controller but that is not universal meaning
not every motherboard or user will be able to take advantage of that.
post #9 of 13
I guess because most people use computers for browsing the internet, playing music, videos and games, none of these operations are going to be constrained by the memory speed.

Data in memory is exchanged with the cache of the processor via the FSB in older processors and the QPI in modern Intel processors which is several times faster than the memory so the limiting factor of getting the data into the processor to perform any calculation is the memory speed. As the amount of fast processor cache increases and the processor can preempt what data needs to be loaded in advance of it being required, this bottleneck can be alleviated to a large extent, especially where the processor doesn't have to be in constant use. For applications that require a lot of data exchange - FEA and CFD can require manipulation of gigabytes of data for example - they will definitely see a performance increase, pretty much in proportion to the amount of memory overclock. But this isn't what your typical PC is used for.

So, it all depends what you want to do with your computer whether it will make a tangible difference.
 
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Ah so 89% of time while gaming and general use the benefits are not noticeable if I understand it correctly.

So are there softwares out there with real world uses, not benchmarking, that can leverage the higher frequencies i.e video and 3D rendering?

I know that those are CPU bound but for example Photoshop takes up a lot of memory if presented with it.
Edited by Yoyo1555 - 4/12/13 at 2:27pm
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