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Buffalo PC2-8000 and Q6600 OC - Tighter timings or higher clocks?

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So I got my Quad OCed at 3.0Ghz (333fsb x9) in 1:1 with my Buffalo Firestix at 667mhz 3-4-4-12. Everything at stock voltages (1.3V and 2.1v on RAM)

This is my first big OC on this comp and I'm pretty happy with it. Since I don't see the use to have my Q6600 over 3ghz (Almost nothing benefits from it); I'd like to push the RAM a bit more (since I heard it's a pretty good overclocker)

Will I benefit more from tighter timings like those I got right now or a higher clock (say, 1000mhz at 5-5-5-15). Would increasing the clock bust my 1:1 ratio and mess up my OC?

Rep for all the future help, I know I'm a little noob with all this... My first board I had toyed some OC with was a d975xbx and I had so much trouble with it that I didn't OC for a long time after...

EDIT: OH SNAP, I'm in the AMD section; please someone move this to Intel
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Hey dude, good question. I've typically combined the two, both are obviously good, tight timings and high speeds, but I've never compared performance between the HIGHEST speed or the TIGHTEST timings. You've inspired me to find out on my own rig. To that end and yours....

I did a bit of reading a research on the benchmarks. Seems that the higher speed wins out. I'd suggest loosening your timings a bit and seeing how high you can get your clock. When you're increasing the close, watch for the drop off. For example, if you loosen the timing by .5 and gain 10Mhz of clock, but then loosen your timing another .5 and only gain 2Mhz of clock, well tighten the timing a bit and sacrifice the slight clock speed because it isn't worthwhile. Try to keep 1:1 timings.

Post your results, I'd be interested to see what you get.
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p.s. This page and the one before discussed the issue well and briefly...

http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/03/...ies/page7.html
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Well here's another test with DDR2 800 vs DDR3 1333, as you can see the differences are barely noticeable.

http://www.digit-life.com/articles3/...ddr3-1333.html

Since there will always be a trade-off between tighter timings and clock speed, I think the only to efficiently make the RAM truly perform better is to increase the clock while keeping tight timings. I think I'll run it at 850 with 4-4-4-12... Should I bump the voltage a couple notches or 2.1v should be enough?

Also, it seems the RAM will only benefit from a boost at this point if I boost the CPU as well... I guess the 1:1 ratio kinda makes sense now!
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with the intels the 1:1 ratio is overrated. amd's tend to perform better with the tighter timings from what i've read. intels perform better with higher speeds, and usually you have to loosen the timmings to get those speeds. so i would o/c your ram as high as it will go, dont worry about what ratio your running.
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