Originally Posted by Silvos00
When you say OC, are you referring to decreasing the timings or increasing frequency? If I can leave the voltage stock to decrease the timings, I won't touch it lol. I've been told RAM is one of the most sensitive areas, and I'd like to avoid a catastrophe.
It can be depending on how well the RAM and motherboard get along.
When you overclock RAM, it's just like overclocking your processor; you're trying to obtain the highest frequency you can get and still remain operationally stable. When you tighten timings you're decreasing the time it takes for a cycles in the RAM to feed information back out. By tightening the timings, the latency of the RAM is reduced thus leading to faster output. But by increasing the frequency you are enlarging the amount of bandwidth available to the RAM to be paged at any given time.
That all being said you should generally opt for the tighter timed/lower frequency setup versus loose timed/higher frequency derivative. Note that AMD and Intel operate differently with RAM - in such that AMD generally likes tighter timings to higher frequency (more applicable to Phenom II's) whereas Intel's can still perform quite well with looser timings at the same rated speed.