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Question: Looking at starting off with a single 8gig memory(Crucial Ballistix)stick. I'll be using an ASROCK z87e itx motherboard with an i5 4670k cpu.

I have a choice between 1.35v and 1.5v memory sticks. Which should I be going with?

Also have a choice on CL ratings too. One is 8, the other is 9.

So what should I be going with? 1.35 or 1.5 volts and CL 8 or 9?

thanks!
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Question: Looking at starting off with a single 8gig memory(Crucial Ballistix)stick. I'll be using an ASROCK z87e itx motherboard with an i5 4670k cpu.

I have a choice between 1.35v and 1.5v memory sticks. Which should I be going with?

Also have a choice on CL ratings too. One is 8, the other is 9.

So what should I be going with? 1.35 or 1.5 volts and CL 8 or 9?

thanks!

What speeds?
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What speeds?
Both are DDR3 1600 (12800).
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Both are DDR3 1600 (12800).

Why not get faster RAM

Despite what everyone says RAM speeds above 1600 MHz is not useless

How much is a 1866 or 2133 MHz kit compared?
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Why not get faster RAM

Despite what everyone says RAM speeds above 1600 MHz is not useless
Price mainly......the single sticks are about 75 each. I can spend the extra 5 bucks and grab Crucial Ballistix "Elite" which is 1866 (PC1500), its voltage is 1.5 with 9-9-9-27.

Again though.........which voltage rating would be better(and why), and the CL.....I believe lower numbers mean faster timing..........but is that at stability expense? Would a stick of 1600 of CL 8-8-8-24 be faster than a stick of 1866 with 9-9-9-27?
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Price mainly......the single sticks are about 75 each. I can spend the extra 5 bucks and grab Crucial Ballistix "Elite" which is 1866 (PC1500), its voltage is 1.5 with 9-9-9-27.

Again though.........which voltage rating would be better(and why), and the CL.....I believe lower numbers mean faster timing..........but is that at stability expense? Would a stick of 1600 of CL 8-8-8-24 be faster than a stick of 1866 with 9-9-9-27?

Voltage rating means nothing only if you want to overclock do they mean anything

No a 1866 MHz kit is faster then a 1600 MHz

Speed is what matters these days CL is not really a thing with DDR3 like it was with the DDR2

Unless its like CL8 Vs CL13
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Voltage rating means nothing only if you want to overclock do they mean anything

No a 1866 MHz kit is faster then a 1600 MHz

Speed is what matters these days CL is not really a thing with DDR3 like it was with the DDR2

Unless its like CL8 Vs CL13
OK, then if I overclock would a lower voltage dimm be better than a higher voltage dimm?


Would I actually notice a difference between 1600 ddr3 at 1866? If so in what way? In terms of loading up game programs? Just trying to see where spending extra money is worthwhile and where its not for me.

thanks again!
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OK, then if I overclock would a lower voltage dimm be better than a higher voltage dimm?


Would I actually notice a difference between 1600 ddr3 at 1866? If so in what way? In terms of loading up game programs? Just trying to see where spending extra money is worthwhile and where its not for me.

thanks again!

Higher RAM speeds give you higher min FPS numbers in games

Not much by its still more

As long as you dont get a 1.65v RAM kit voltage does not mean that much
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