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I see a lot of people with timings like 3.0 and mine is set to 2.0. Is higher Timings better?
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Lower is better
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Yup, in general lower is better. The two things that impact how your RAM performs are its timings and its frequency. So someone with DDR400 RAM at 2-2-2-5 timings will run better than someone with DDR400 RAM at 3-3-3-8.

However, when you overclock, you increase the frequency of the FSB (front side bus). As the frequency increases, your RAM runs faster and better. But if the FSB is increased a lot then the RAM becomes unstable, and you have to either increase the voltage or increase the timings (also called "loosening" the timings) to gain stability. Increasing the timings will lose a bit of performance, but the performance gained from significantly increasing the FSB usually offsets this and results in an overall improvement.

But if you're not overclocking, then stick to lower timings = better RAM

Check this out if you'd like to learn more about RAM. The first 2 or 3 pages might be too boring but the stuff at the end is good to know.
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Originally Posted by sledgehammer1990 View Post
I see a lot of people with timings like 3.0 and mine is set to 2.0. Is higher Timings better?
I noticed you have the XMS corsair memory, if it's pc3200LL I would manually set the timings in your bios to 2-3-2-6. I had this memory before my g.skill and it ran great at those timings. Good luck
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