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I'm looking for 8gb (2x4) ddr3 ram, and am wondering if I should go ahead and purchase this, which ends today. It would come out to $75+ca tax. If not, what should I look for and for what price? I would like to stay under $80, if possible for decent ram, as price is a very big factor.

Thanks in advance

Edit: Deal Over - Still looking for advice though
Edited by uKnighted - 1/11/11 at 5:03pm
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So, unless those are proven to be better than the ripjaws or any other ram in its price range, I would get the cheapest best rated RAM. It seems like many at that speed are CL9:
http://goo.gl/j8cze
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So, unless those are proven to be better than the ripjaws or any other ram in its price range, I would get the cheapest best rated RAM. It seems like many at that speed are CL9:
http://goo.gl/j8cze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231311
vs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231308

Which would you chose? Timings vs Speed
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Check out this article on Bit-Tech:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1

They say that there really isn't much performance to be gained over 1866mhz, and the higher speed the less the timings seem to effect the performance.

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If you're the type of person that runs dozens of applications all at once, then a higher memory frequency does help, particularly when you're running demanding software. However, our testing shows that memory rated at over 1,866MHz doesn't give much extra performance. Worse still, in some applications only 1,333MHz memory gives a performance penalty, meaning that 1,600MHz memory is fine.

If you're doing anything other than heavy multi-tasking - this goes for gamers in particular - then a 1,600MHz or 1,866MHz kit is plenty. You could opt for CL8, as we saw some advantage in the video encoding test, but we wouldn't obsess over this factor, especially if a CL9 kit is much cheaper.
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Check out this article on Bit-Tech:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1

They say that there really isn't much performance to be gained over 1866mhz, and the higher speed the less the timings seem to effect the performance.
Interesting read.

However, from what I can see, what can be gained through higher clocks? As I am still a student, money is tight, and I'm even relying on the fact that Microcenter will restock and still have the bundle deals in order to make a transition, most likely to a 2500k & p8p67(/pro) or gigabyte mobo. As I currently use 6gb ddr2 and feel I could use some more in certain applications, I felt that 8gb would be the right way to go, but if I do so I cannot afford 1866mhz.

From what I read, the Ram no longer needs to be tied to the cpu, so in real world situations, would there be any instance where I would regret not getting 1600/1866 over 1333? I've always figured the differences are minimal compared to the difference between say ssd/hdd, cpu dual/quad, vga upgrades... is this correct?
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Interesting read.

However, from what I can see, what can be gained through higher clocks? As I am still a student, money is tight, and I'm even relying on the fact that Microcenter will restock and still have the bundle deals in order to make a transition, most likely to a 2500k & p8p67(/pro) or gigabyte mobo. As I currently use 6gb ddr2 and feel I could use some more in certain applications, I felt that 8gb would be the right way to go, but if I do so I cannot afford 1866mhz.

From what I read, the Ram no longer needs to be tied to the cpu, so in real world situations, would there be any instance where I would regret not getting 1600/1866 over 1333? I've always figured the differences are minimal compared to the difference between say ssd/hdd, cpu dual/quad, vga upgrades... is this correct?
Well from what I understand is that 1600 is the sweet spot. They say you lose performance with 1333 and you you don't really gain that much with 1866 depending on if you do a lot of multi-tasking or memory intensive applications.
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Well from what I understand is that 1600 is the sweet spot. They say you lose performance with 1333 and you you don't really gain that much with 1866 depending on if you do a lot of multi-tasking or memory intensive applications.
I understand that there will be performance loss, but I simply can't picture how much this loss will be. From the benchmarks, I can see that the speeds do not differ to the point where it would be easily noticeable. Maybe a couple percent or so difference, but I have used ddr2 800 for a long while and have had no issues with it so far...
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