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1600 RAM is basically the standard RAM to buy. But, with RAM like this: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57948 why bother? I can price match it down to $40 bucks.


Good timings, low voltage setting... seems like it has good OC ability, so couldn't you just OC it to 1600, maybe with 7-8-7-24 timings? Or is it harder to OC ram timings with sandy bridge?

The reason I am choosing this RAM is for aesthetic purposes, looks like it would go well with the P8P67 Pro, and some aquatic blue sleeving.
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when you buy 1600mhz with certain timings you get a guarantee that the RAM will reach those speeds. With cheaper RAM you may or may not get there. The extra mhz also allow for easier overclocking and better timings.
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With DDR3-1600 you can set the RAM multiplier on AMD systems to a lower ratio and OC the HTREFCLK without worrying the RAM will hold you back.

Same for the 1366 adn 1156 intels with the BCLK and RAM.

However - I see your point with the 1155 SB CPUs as raising the BCLK is not the best way to OC as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by hfcobra View Post
when you buy 1600mhz with certain timings you get a guarantee that the RAM will reach those speeds. With cheaper RAM you may or may not get there. The extra mhz also allow for easier overclocking and better timings.
Ok, but that being said I've read there is no real difference after 1600mhz. So If I had 1600 RAM I would only be tinkering with the timings... I wouldn't say the RAM is cheaper, its just set at a lower speed. And the Gskill ripjaws X series seems like it was designed with OCability in mind.

Maybe I'm just trying to convince myself... lol

I'm not even sure it would matter if I OC'd it or not anway. The impact on gaming between 1333 and 1600 ram is 1-2 fps
Edited by grassh0ppa - 2/15/11 at 2:28am
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There are differences between 1333 and 1600 and so on. Thing is, the differences are only slightly noticable during benchmarking/testing. General use gaming etc you won't really see that much of an impact.
For me 1600 is a no brainer. I picked up 1600 ram with good timings for cheap. Easiest thing to do is decide how much you are willing to spend on ram and get the best kit for that amount.
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Yea... I could buy some 1600 ram with 7-8-7 timings for 20 bucks. But for me, the aesthetic appeal of the RAM i chose, and the inability to see a difference in gaming/real world use doesnt make it worth it. Of course, I will attempt to OC for the fun of it.

Thanks for your input guys
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If you really don't care for performance (as there is almost no differences) go for the looks. At least it will make you happy.

For gaming, I did not even notice an FPS difference between 1333mhz (6-6-6-16-22-1T down to 9-9-9-24-33-1T timings) and going up to my "max" RAM OC of 1752mhz 7-7-7-20-27-1T. It did a hell of jump for memory benchmarks though, not that benchmarks really mean anything for applications/games.

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