Best ram for overclocking the cpu

alohascott

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I was wondering if there is any benefit to buying ram at a speed that is higher then you actually run it for overclocking the cpu.

for example i had some 1333 ram running at 1333 and i was not able to overclock much

when i reduced the speed i could overclock a bit more.

so i got 1600 ram and ran it at 1333 and then i could overclock more.
but if i tried to run it at 1600 i could not overclock much.

is that just a coincidence?
 

slcmike

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You have to under clock 1600 ram to 1333 to get a cl7. Its not a coincidence, its the way overclocking ram works and it is a benefit. 1333 is about the standard right now so running at that speed wont show a noticeable loss and the gain from the cl7 will give you a boost that will make up for any loss and then some.
 

alohascott

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ok
I was more concerned with cpu overclocking then ram.

does running 1600 ram at 1333 is that the best combo for overclocking.

in otherwords i have a list of motherboard approved ram.

there is not any 4gb sticks at 1600 or any other speed but 1333

am I better off buying any 1600 and running it at 1333 or should i buy the one and only 4gb stick on the list that runs at 1333?

again I am not really concerned with ram speed.
if i could get a few hundred more ghz from the cpu i would gladly lower ram speed.
because i don't believe it has much effect on total system speed for every day use.
 

slcmike

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1333 is all you currently need and use but if you get a stick of 1600 you can try for CL7 with only a slight voltage increase for stability. Since you have expressed no real concern for increasing your ram timings, and honestly there is not a noticeable difference, I suggest going with the 1333 4gb.

Specs:
- RAM?
- What Mobo is it going into?