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pretty simple topic is it better to run a divider with better timings or run a 1:1 with really loose timings.. and how loose can you set your ram.. here is some cpu-z with my ram settings.. tell me what ya think right now i have it on a 3:2 i set the ram to auto normally to hit 4ghz id have to use the asus booster or windows would crash on the boot and sometimes id get a bsod even doing it that way.. i recently fixed a few driver problems i was having and i decided to try and crank her back past 4 in the bios and get a system that boots at 4ghz i did boot this time with no hangups or resets at 3999.9 grin close enough to for me i have primed at 4.05 for 11 hours using the booster once windows was running and it was stable.. the first set of ram is my 512(256x2) its pc3200 the second set is my 2gig (1gx2)s its pc2700 i also noticed under channles it says single.. is that normal since its ddr and its dual channle ?? how can i force that

edit: ive actually bumped it up and yes now that i have fixed my driver issues i am booting in from the start at 4.01 but im still with that 3:2 divider ..
    
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Looser timings IMO.
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Looser timings IMO.
how loose is to loose yes ive read the sticky and for some reason ram timings are still greek to me
    
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how loose is to loose yes ive read the sticky and for some reason ram timings are still greek to me
3-4-4-8
That is about the loosest you can get... Just loosen them see how far you ram goes and when its at the 1:1 speed you want try to tighten them back up...
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3-4-4-8
That is about the loosest you can get... Just loosen them see how far you ram goes and when its at the 1:1 speed you want try to tighten them back up...
Not true.
How loose you can go is really dependent on your motherboards ability to do so. You can if you wanted to reach timings as loose as 5-5-5-12.
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Not true.
How loose you can go is really dependent on your motherboards ability to do so. You can if you wanted to reach timings as loose as 5-5-5-12.
Really on DDR RAM??? Guess I learned something today....
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Originally Posted by Trippen Out
pretty simple topic is it better to run a divider with better timings or run a 1:1 with really loose timings..

It really depends on what you do and your specific system. I would try some benchmarks and some real world tests with both settings and see which gives you the best performance for what you do.

That said, my personal opinion is that having RAM with tight timings turning around computations fast is pretty meaningless if there is a bottleneck getting that info to the CPU.
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