Originally Posted by CL3P20
So many things...where to begin..
First off welcome to OCN! We are always glad to see new members.
..now to your concerns: First off..you are attempting to gauge memory performance with the "WEI" ..which is can be misleading.
As far as your mem timings go..they will most likely be in the chipset section of your nvidia BIOS. You can at least verify if they are at 5-5-5-15 or not [if timings are still on Auto.. then most likely not]. Adjusting timings is a way of increasing efficiency at a given speed..so no overclocking will be done. Changing your tRas from 15 to 14 will squeeze a little more bandwidth out of your RAM..and you may find you can run tighter timings than that too [like 5-5-4-12]..you will need a good program to test memory...like MemTest86 or the windows version 'MemTest'.. <- they will ensure any changes you have made to your timings are stable for use.
*Tweaking RAM timings typically involves a little more voltage too..so be prepared to increase by a bit.. ie- from 2.1->2.15 ...etc.
Thank you for the welcome. Indeed, I know the WEI is kinda pointless, but still disheartens me to see memory lagging behind everything else in terms of performance. Unless some gurus here can reassure me that my memory is just fine for what I'm using my PC for (which I'll explain below).
I'd be happy to tweak my timing settings in the BIOS...If only there were some. The only tweaking I can do is to the bus speed, memory speed, PCI speed, etc., all rated in MHz. After doing some digging, I cannot find a single place to alter the memory timings
Having said that, however, I've just downloaded the latest BIOS for my mobo, which I've not done since I purchased it. It could be this latest version will give the capability of altering the timings. I'll try it out tonight and let you know.
Originally Posted by c00lkatz
1) 8GB of RAM is overkill...4GB would have been plenty and would have been easier on your memory controller (better for overclocking).
2) You got DDR2-800 5-5-5-15, which is actually kind of slow. For DDR2-800 you really want 4-4-4-12, and for DDR2-1000/1066 you want 5-5-5-15.
3) Research your board a bit better and make sure your BIOS is up-to-date. It's always best to set everything up manually rather than leaving it on auto, which could amount to who-knows-what value.
4) Your CPU & GPU overclocks matter much more than how far you can push your RAM. You won't go from "so-so" performance to "OMG!" performance just by changing RAM speed, unless you like to run a lot of benchmarks.
1) It seemed like the right amount to get for my purposes, especially when memory is cheap and I'm using a 64-bit OS, with 64-bit apps that will definitely take advantage of it. Besides, I've always been a bit of an overachiever; I was the only kid on my block to have 1GB of RAM back when 16MB was the norm.
2) Then I guess I was mislead to believe 5-5-5-15 is good for my memory? Besides, it appears I'm not even getting THAT out of it.
3) As I said above, I'll try out the latest BIOS update for my mobo tonight and see if that gives me the ability to tweak the memory timings.
4) See, this is the kind of reassurance I need so I know that the memory I bought is just fine.
Originally Posted by c00lkatz
Lol, I'm well aware of running virtual machines, removing Page File, and memory intensive applications. It's obvious from his original post that he is not running either.
I posted "Rules of Thumb" and as with any "Rule of Thumb" there are exceptions. It's obvious he doesn't meet the criteria of any of those exceptions.
Obvious, am I? How do you know I'm not
running memory-intensive apps?
Yes, I am a newb when it comes to in-depth tweaking of various hardware speeds (CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.), but I've been arm-deep in computers for a good couple of decades.
At any rate, for the record, I am a gamer who likes to play the latest stuff, but more importantly than that, I spend hours each day in 3ds max, zBrush, Mudbox, RealFlow, Poser, Daz Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Granted, 8GB may be 'overkill,' but I was also tired of seeing "out of memory" errors in some of my scenes in 3ds max before the upgrade.