Originally Posted by EastCoast;11978855
Honestly, I thought I had this all figured out. But apparently if you have good DDR3 1333 you can OC it and get better then 1333MHz. Furthermore, having DDR3 1600 doesn't necessarily improve frame rates in games. Sure, in synthetic benchmarks and winrar you will see the difference. I think it's clear that getting the lowest CL possible is the best route but there is very little information out there that shows how well current DDR3 1333 can be OC'd.
Is there any information about OC'ing DDR3 1333?
That's just the rated speed of the sticks. Buying DDR3 1600 means the sticks are rated to run at 1600Mhz, and usually you are able to overclock them higher than 1333.
By starting lower (ie. 1333Mhz) it gives you less room for overclocking because the sticks aren't rated to run any higher than 1333Mhz, but I've gotten them into the 1700Mhz range (it doesn't mean they can't, it just means that you usually have less room to get them to a higher speed).
IMO, a low latency stick (low CAS latency) with a decent speed is the best combination. My XMS3 sticks are only rated to run at 1333, and honestly you won't notice a difference between the 2 (1600Mhz or 1333Mhz.
The difference is purely in synthetic benchmarks, which is why I run my sticks at 1200Mhz at 1.2v...Edited by CovertCover - 1/11/11 at 8:37pm