1333mhz vs 1600mhz ram

johnnsti08

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Should I get 8GB DDR3 1333mhz memory or 8GB DDR3 1600MHz for gaming? Will it make a noticeable difference? I know ram is cheap but based on where im from the prices make a big difference.
 

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I read elsewhere that about 1200mhz-1600mhz would be a few fps difference in gaming so while a minor difference if you are playing a game that is very intensive could be beneficial
 

truegenius

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since you have phenom
so i will suggest you 1333mhz and low latency (try for cl5)

because IMC of phenom cpus is very slow so it will be a bottleneck
but phenom loves low latency rams

(i too have 1600mhz rams but to get 12GB/s read speed and 15GB/s coppy speed i need to overclock my northbridge/imc to 3ghz (8 and 10GB/s at stock)
and this ram speed is still slow as 2x1600mhz ram equates to ~25GB/s bandwidth thus it is very limited by IMC/north-bridge )

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/wiki/index.php?title=AMD_AM3_Memory_Speed_vs_NB_Speed
 

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