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Upgrading the ram from the cheap corsair ddr4 lpx on my rig along with a few other things. I've never run ram beyond its rated frequency and timings in the past. I'd like to try my luck at oc'ing a nice set of ram this time around. So the question is, which would should i go with, Trident z 3200 w/15 cas or 3000 w/14 cas. Both cost about the same for 4x8gb sticks.

Rig is primarily used for gaming. I'm well aware that upgrading to this ram and oc'ing it will provide little benefit in games and that 32gb is overkill for my purposes. I do not care about that at all. I'm even water cooling it just for aesthetic purposes.
    
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G-Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200MHz CAS 15 is quicker despite the looser timings.
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At what point do tighter timings become> frequency? Looking at 16 cas 3600 trident z as well since that's also within my budget.
    
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Pretty much every benchmark in the last frew years on DDR3 and DDR4 show speed being more important then timings on most cases. With in reason at least. Tighter timings are never bad, but more speed is always better.
 
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Pretty much every benchmark in the last frew years on DDR3 and DDR4 show speed being more important then timings on most cases. With in reason at least. Tighter timings are never bad, but more speed is always better.

I agree with this statement. Plus if you don't want to run the higher mhz, that same kit will probably run the slower speed with tighter timings, but its not guaranteed. I think that its more likely a higher speed kit will reach lower timings on lower speeds than a lower speed kit reaching higher speeds with the loose timings.
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thanks for info guys. I went ahead and bought the 3200 cas 14 ram. Oddly enough i discovered it was cheaper to buy 2 kits of 2x8gb sticks rather than a single 4x8gb kit. Hopefully i can get that up to 3400 or more with some oc'ing.
    
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thanks for info guys. I went ahead and bought the 3200 cas 14 ram. Oddly enough i discovered it was cheaper to buy 2 kits of 2x8gb sticks rather than a single 4x8gb kit. Hopefully i can get that up to 3400 or more with some oc'ing.

Some people wig out over buying whole kits. I didnt even do that for the ECC in my server. Unless buying crazy fast RAM where you need it varified to work together, the worry is unnecessary. I have never had two identical kits not work together.
 
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Some people wig out over buying whole kits. I didnt even do that for the ECC in my server. Unless buying crazy fast RAM where you need it varified to work together, the worry is unnecessary. I have never had two identical kits not work together.

i would find it very odd that identical ram bought in separate kits wouldn't work together. I've never had that issue in all the years i've been building systems.
    
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i would find it very odd that identical ram bought in separate kits wouldn't work together. I've never had that issue in all the years i've been building systems.
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i would find it very odd that identical ram bought in separate kits wouldn't work together. I've never had that issue in all the years i've been building systems.

Like i said, niether have I. But some people wig out over it.
 
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i would find it very odd that identical ram bought in separate kits wouldn't work together. I've never had that issue in all the years i've been building systems.

I think that identical kits may have different secondary/tertiary timings, but be rated at the same primary timings and speed. Usually the memory training in the bios will default to one that can work with both kits.
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