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So I've read these:

RAM Timing Explained:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-memor...explained.html

RAM 101 (Intel Systems in Particular):

http://www.overclock.net/intel-memor...articular.html


But I still have no clue how to start playing with my RAM timings.
I've got a stable 4.1 GHz now and my RAM timings are 9-9-9-23 (or something-as I said I do not understand how this works), how should I proceed?

No noob-thrashing please
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What are your standard ram specs? (It should be similar to this: DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24)

Typically you do not want to overclock you ram to extreme settings because it can cause instability with your system and effect your overclock.

When I overclock a CPU i usually set the ram to very "loose" settings. And then once I find the maximum 24/7 overclock I begin to "tighten" the settings back to stock settings and the even tighter until I find a good equilibrium.

Here is what I mean:

Standard settings: 1600 9-9-9-24 <- Stable
Pre overclock settings: 1200 10-10-10-30 <- Stable CPU overclock
Post overclock settings: 1600 9-9-9-24 <-Stable CPU overclock
Tightened timings: 1800 8-8-8-24 <- your results may vary.

I hope this makes sense to you as I simplified it a little.
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I have DDR3 1600 9-9-9-27 as default and have kept that through the processor OC part.
I've understood that lowering those numbers (except 1600) increase effeciency but that's all I know.

What I'm wondering about is which numbers should I start lowering and with how much? (like 9-9-8-27 ??) And then the following process after that.

I understand memory OC'ing should be tested with memtest86+ but is it any particular settings for the testing thats recommended to be sure of stability? I've heard that Prime95, Linx and IntelBurnTest is not optimal for this, right?

Last but not least; How much effect does memory OC'ing have on gaming?
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