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For gaming my RAM used will be. So teh question is will I really see a difference for an example 2000 VS 1700Mhz RAM or CL7 and CL9, for gaming. Is there any difference, for real? Not any "it sometimes helps bla bla bla."
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For gaming? No, you won't really seed much of a difference once you get past a certain point.

With RAM that's as fast as yours, I don't think increasing it to 2000MHz or so would gain you much in gaming. Maybe if we're talking about going from 800MHz to 1600MHz, but you've already got pretty damn fast RAM with decent enough timings.
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Yeah thats what I figured, but is 8-9-8-24 Good or should I try to go lower?
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Well, you might as well try going lower if you can. Try for 8-8-8-24 first, maybe.
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Take a look at this Tom's Hardware article about memory scaling on the i7 platform. The basic thrust is that the speed of the RAM is far more important than the timings and furthermore the cost/benefit drops off hugely beyond 1600MHz. 1600Mhz @ CL9 seems to be around the idela cost/speed area to me, although of course you take your pick ultimately.
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post #6 of 13
Yeah, this is true.

If we were talking about an AM3 rig here then dropping timings might be a better idea.

Probably worth trying for a higher speed before you drop the timings.
post #7 of 13
You wont notice nothing in real world gaming. In benches like 3dMark sure you will have more points, in encoding or compressing video you will gain a few seconds compared to higher timings.

If your Ram does not give you any problems stay with it if it does get a low timing kit (1600MHz because 2000 or more its like 0.001% performance gain) since you are going to buy one might as well be a ''better one''
post #8 of 13
Not really worth it unless you are looking at useless benchmarking numbers. In reality you will likely only decrease load times by a second or two (if that).
    
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post #9 of 13
I remeber when i was useing cheap ram at 600 MHZ with a ATI 4850 card i got epicly poor FPS in Game but when iupgraded to DDR3 1600/2000 MHZ my FPS just shot up massivley, in tems of dose it matter for 2000 VS 1700 i would say it did matter but not massivley at those speeds its been proven that you will only get a few more FPS in game, i do belive that the faster the ram the faster the programs run.

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post #10 of 13
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Thanks for replies! I guess I'll just buy a HD 6970 CFX with the money instead of one GTX 580.
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