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How important is high performance ram to overall pc speed?
I am running an AMD 64 X2 4400+ @220 with a 600wt PS and 3GBs of ultra 3200 400mhz. Does it make sense to purchase quality ram? Would I even notice a performance boost? Not sure if this matters but I am also running a pair of nVidia 6800gs cards in Sli on a Asus A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra.
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You would notice in benchmarks, but not in real-world apps.
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Originally Posted by Sdumper
I am also running a pair of nVidia 6800gs cards in Sli on a Asus A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra.

hey, just wanted to clarify, your board has the NF4 SLI chipset, not the NF4 Ultra chipset. If you have your cards in SLI, then you have the SLI chipset (unless you did a mod, and the only NF4 Ultra boards I know of that you can mod are DFI)

Like amped said, you won't notice a whole lot of difference, but you will be able to get much tighter timings and be able to run higher frequencies as performance RAM will OC better (depending on what you get) So you won't see much increase, but there is potential to see a small increase in fps probably on the side of 2-5%
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Originally Posted by soloz2
Like amped said, you won't notice a whole lot of difference...
This coming from the guy running the new GSkill DDR500!

But they both are correct. There's a reason ValueRam sells. For most, it's all they need. For me, I have never run crap RAM unless it came in a box I aquired. Even then I try to upgrade it! If you're looking for tighter timings and more stable OC's then quality RAM is the way to go. If you just want to play your games and be happy with just mild OC's, stick with whatever is most cost effective for you.
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Originally Posted by amped
You would notice in benchmarks, but not in real-world apps.
I agree with ''amped'' there would not be alot of noticeable difference in real world but more in benchmarks.
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Regarding the SLI clarification you are right see excerpt below (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset):

For the extreme PC users and gamers, the name alone tells much of the story …Asus A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra, PCIE Socket 939 Mobo. Talk about loaded! This new A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra from Asus takes performance to a whole new level with its astounding array of brand new, landmark technologies. NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset. PCI-Express architecture. SATA 3Gb/s. NV Firewall. AL NOS. AL Audio (8 channels!). You name it, this baby supports it!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sdumper
Regarding the SLI clarification you are right see excerpt below (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset):

For the extreme PC users and gamers, the name alone tells much of the story …Asus A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra, PCIE Socket 939 Mobo. Talk about loaded! This new A8N-SLI nForce4 Ultra from Asus takes performance to a whole new level with its astounding array of brand new, landmark technologies. NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset. PCI-Express architecture. SATA 3Gb/s. NV Firewall. AL NOS. AL Audio (8 channels!). You name it, this baby supports it!

would you mind filling out your rig specs please
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Originally Posted by soloz2
would you mind filling out your rig specs please
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I got ddr 500 to make sure that my RAM wasn't holding me back and I also needed 2 gigs any how. But I changed my settings last night to 9 * 2500 till I get to OCing later. Well I've notice a difference from ddr400 * stock.
    
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