Apr 18, 2009
I've only dabbled with overclocking a tiny bit but I wanted to try and OC my memory so I can get less skippy gameplay in my games (I know its not my GFX card because I still get it at low settings and my fps is fine). I was wondering if I should be overclocking the mhz or the timings for this scenario. My specs are as follow:
Intel Q6600
Crucial Ballistix 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Radeon HD 3850 256mb GFX Card

I noticed now when I look at my motherboard on it says Memory Standard: DDR2 1066. Does this mean I should have gotten 1066 ram instead of 800?
Thanks in advance. :)


Apr 16, 2008
All it means is that your motherboard has memory divider that can run at 1066mhz with a stock running CPU.

For the most part, by default, your BIOS will load your memory as 800mhz. It is up to you to adjust the memory speed in the BIOS for 1066mhz, if you had 1066mhz ram.
Overclock the CPU. You increase the FSB and the memory will run faster. I leave the memory multiplier on "2". FSB and memory run 1:1. I just don't see any real point to running the memory faster thanthe FSB.

1066 RAM is just DDR2-800 that has been tested to run faster. If you can raise your FSB to 400 MHz. , your RAM will be running atits rated speed and your CPU core will be running at 3.6 GHz.