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Performance gains from value ram to this stuff

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For a general comparison, lets pretend I'm not overclocking so everything is running at stock speeds..

I'd currently be running some corsair value ram (ddr400) with 2.5,4,4,7 under a 2.4northy.

What kind of performance gains could I expect if I upgraded to some G.Skill Extreme series ddr400 (2x512) with 2,2,2,5? Are you guys thinking of only a couple hundred points in aquamark or a few thousand? 3dmark03 projections are welcomed as well.

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Your prime time would go down a lot, it likes tighter timings. Anything memory intsensive should run a lot faster. I don't know about other benchies though.
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I would definately get that RAM. It's got tight timings at stock and if you plan on overclocking in the future you would be able to hit over 260FSB with real tight timings and 280+ with looser ones.

Anyway on stock you would probably see a good gain in preformance, plus that RAM will last you a long time, IMO its a good investment.
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My computer usage consists of the following:

Counter Strike Source = 90%
Backing up DVDs = 5%
Surfin = 5%

Any kind of framerate increase in Source with better ram?? That would be nice

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I would definately get that RAM. It's got tight timings at stock and if you plan on overclocking in the future you would be able to hit over 260FSB with real tight timings and 280+ with looser ones.

Anyway on stock you would probably see a good gain in preformance, plus that RAM will last you a long time, IMO its a good investment.
Yes, I will overclock this stuff immediately. How tight of timings could I expect at 250fsb 1:1 with my northy? That would allow me to upgrade my overclock from 2.88GHz 5:4 divider with ram at 194mhz to 3.0 ghz 1:1.
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At stock speeds, the performance increase would likely be fairly small. Intel machines just don't respond to tight timings as much as AMDs do. With overclocking, though, it will be much much better than the value stuff. TCCD does wonders for overclocking if you have a mobo that can't push 3.0+ volts vdimm.
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At stock speeds, the performance increase would likely be fairly small. Intel machines just don't respond to tight timings as much as AMDs do. With overclocking, though, it will be much much better than the value stuff. TCCD does wonders for overclocking if you have a mobo that can't push 3.0+ volts vdimm.
I was under the impression that I wouldnt need that much voltage for TCCD.. Are you sure about that?
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TCCD does wonders for overclocking if you have a mobo that can't push 3.0+ volts vdimm.
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I was under the impression that I wouldnt need that much voltage for TCCD.. Are you sure about that?
That's exactly what I said. TCCD runs best at 2.9 volts or less in most cases.
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Yeh I am only pushing 2.7Vdimm on my TCCD, doesn't seem to require anymore for stability in memtest. (but I guess I am only at 184MHz)

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post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Taeric
That's exactly what I said. TCCD runs best at 2.9 volts or less in most cases.
Oops, it was getting late when I read that! lol (FYI: my mobo maxes out at 2.85 volts I believe)

Do you guys think CSS would run smoother or gain a few FPS from tighter timings + higher fsb? Or is that mostly dependent on my CPU + GPU?
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