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Does it worth going over 1600MHZ with DDR3 memory for gaming? Which brand should I buy?

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Hello. Right know my system has 16GB of DDR3 RAM runing at 1600MHZ CL9. I'm considering to add 16GB more, since my kit is 4x4 i'll need to buy a 4x8 kit. Regarding to memory frequencies, my mobo supports up to 3200MHZ OC, but I use the computer mainly for gaming, and I'm not that much into overclocking, but I could do it if I had to.
The question is, since I have to buy a new memory kit to get 32GB, should I get a 1600MHZ kit or should I go for a higher frequency one like 2133 or 2400?
Also, I was thinking about going for a GSkill kit, but is there another brand to have into consideration?
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1487162/an-independent-study-does-the-speed-of-ram-directly-affect-fps-during-high-cpu-overhead-scenarios
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Yes, high frequency help with the right timing.

I bought 1600MHz adata 2x8GB kit and I can overclock it to 2.4GHz CL11. I see no reason to pay more for stock high speed memory. The difference is still minimal so worst case scenario if the ram don't overclock you don't lose that much performance and got extra money for a later upgrade (SSD?).
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Not worth the money in my opinion.

What do you even need 32GB for? Also consider speeds over 1600 are not guaranteed, it is XMP profile, a ram company's overclock profile that may or may not be stable.
    
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For Haswell and up, 1866mhz should be the STANDARD, baseline, by now. Not 1600mhz. Whether you want to go above that can be contested but at least go with 1866mhz for your bog standard base level.

There's also a lot of irony in this post since you saying you do mostly gaming, so wonder if above 1600 is worth it, yet you're going for 32gb of RAM. I'd say 16gb is more than enough for your setup. Save the money and get better RAM speeds & timings instead or just pocket it for something else.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 10/7/16 at 9:13am
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If you really need the 32GB and buy a new kit anyway, i'd say go for the highest frequency you can get with low timings (2133MHz CL9; 2400MHz CL10), because the price difference to lower rated kits is next to zero.
Though, 16GB should be plenty for gaming and you can probably push it to higher freqeuncies with ease.
With the money i'd rather get a M.2 SSD (256GB Samsung 950 Pro). Thats about the same prices as a 32GB kit and overall system performance would be way better than with faster RAM.
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Not worth the money in my opinion.

What do you even need 32GB for? Also consider speeds over 1600 are not guaranteed, it is XMP profile, a ram company's overclock profile that may or may not be stable.

I need 32 because I'm a tab ho and Chrome eats memory like there's no tomorrow. When playing Doom, for example, the game asks for 16GB recommended memory, right now with Chrome (23 tabs) and VirtualBox running I'm using 7.5 GB, if I want to run the game I need to close one of those two and I just don't like it.

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For Haswell and up, 1866mhz should be the STANDARD, baseline, by now. Not 1600mhz. Whether you want to go above that can be contested but at least go with 1866mhz for your bog standard base level.

There's also a lot of irony in this post since you saying you do mostly gaming, so wonder if above 1600 is worth it, yet you're going for 32gb of RAM. I'd say 16gb is more than enough for your setup. Save the money and get better RAM speeds & timings instead or just pocket it for something else.

Well, I am going for a new kit anyway, I'm just asking if I just get 1600 or the highest frequency kit I could find.

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If you really need the 32GB and buy a new kit anyway, i'd say go for the highest frequency you can get with low timings (2133MHz CL9; 2400MHz CL10), because the price difference to lower rated kits is next to zero.
Though, 16GB should be plenty for gaming and you can probably push it to higher freqeuncies with ease.
With the money i'd rather get a M.2 SSD (256GB Samsung 950 Pro). Thats about the same prices as a 32GB kit and overall system performance would be way better than with faster RAM.

I was thinking about a M.2 SSD, but I was aiming for a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB which is closer to my budget and also offers a good chunk of capacity.
I'll take your advice into consideration smile.gif
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Ram speed, frequency and timings are irellevent. its only gonna bottle neck you when you run benchmarks etc.
during normal usage its going to make zero diffrence in tems of perfomrance.

If you say you open 100programs your cpu usage is at 50% but ram is at 100% usage.
then you can increace the ram GB if its 100% with 4gb of ram
and you install a 8gb ram
that means when you open 100programs now you will have 50% cpu and ram usage.
This means that now you are able to run 100programs without lag

slow ram vs fast ram may be only a few dollars diffrence so if you do see them go for it

if you replace your 16gb current ram with higher speeds your going to see no diffrence in performance.
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You are exaggerating a little when you write that its no performance difference. Faster RAM seems to help a good bit in situations where the CPU limits frame rates. You'll then see it especially when looking at the minimum frame rates. This means it's more for people that are after keeping frame rates up in games like SC2 or WoW where certain game situations make the frame rate drop harshly and go a lot below 60. It's not so much for people that are after pretty graphics in games that stress the GPU more than the CPU.
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