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I have a couple of cheapy Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM which I assume would be standard 9-9-9-24 timings that I have previously on 4GB sticks but I am so damn wrong when I plugged it in I found out the SPD timings is woeful 11-11-11-28 at 1600MHz. It doesn't like low timings, I tried tightening up the RAM but it won't do 9-9-9-24 but only 9-10-9-24 but the problem is, at random causing BSOD related to RAM if I loaded up the RAM (such as running Firefox with 30+ tabs in background while playing games) but if I just playing games the BSOD didn't happen.

So my question is, is it worth to buy more expensive RAM with tighter timing and ditch these RAM?

One more question, I have another better motherboard, the ASUS Maximus VI Hero but the first slot of each channel is dead so it could only run in single channel. That board overclocks better both in terms of RAM and CPU overclocks but with single channel RAM should bother swapping it?

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Single channel ram is crippling to a computer. Crappy timings do make a big difference but if you're just using the computer and not looking at benches or statistics you probably won't notice. Leave them loose for reliability, you'll never notice.
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Overall speed matters more then timings generally. in my experience ive never noticed much if any change in performance with timings. dual channel is where you get the best performance increase hands down. if you want more then that up your speed to 1866 or 2133 and such. timings really dont matter unless you have a balls to the wall build/you just want to oc everything.
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