[SOLVED] What is better higher timings? or lower timings?

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I want to provide to my cpu and G skill tridentz with RGB an 17-18-18-38 timing but i dont know the difference of this timings and the other ones, like is better to have higher numbers? or lower numbers?
 

Barty1884

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Generally speaking, you're looking at 3600MHz CL17 and 3200MHz CL14 performing near identically in most cases.

3600MHz with much tighter timings (are harder to come by, you're looking at CL17 in most cases, with some CL16 available and CL15 with one of G.Skill's kits)
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3200MHz with looser timings (CL16 being pretty common, and some poor kits go up to CL22)

Would probably open up the gap more, depending on the workload.



For a ryzen 5 3600x?
For a 3600X doing what? I assume gaming, given the summary you linked?
In that case, I'd just opt for a solid 3200MHz kit, CL16, maybe 15 depending on the price difference. Sure, you might be leaving a tiny bit of performance on the table in a game or two, but you're not paying the premium for that tiny gain either.
 

Barty1884

Titan
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All else being equal, a memory kit of X speed will be faster with tighter (lower) timings.

Within reason, it depends on the workload as to whether it will make a noticeable difference in performance outside of benchmarks.
 
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All else being equal, a memory kit of X speed will be faster with tighter (lower) timings.

Within reason, it depends on the workload as to whether it will make a noticeable difference in performance outside of benchmarks.
soo, in conclusion better timings are the lowest ones? Timings , the link that i putted , those timings are better or worst that the ones that i mentioned? for a ryzen 5 3600x?
 

Barty1884

Titan
Moderator
Generally speaking, you're looking at 3600MHz CL17 and 3200MHz CL14 performing near identically in most cases.

3600MHz with much tighter timings (are harder to come by, you're looking at CL17 in most cases, with some CL16 available and CL15 with one of G.Skill's kits)
or
3200MHz with looser timings (CL16 being pretty common, and some poor kits go up to CL22)

Would probably open up the gap more, depending on the workload.



For a ryzen 5 3600x?
For a 3600X doing what? I assume gaming, given the summary you linked?
In that case, I'd just opt for a solid 3200MHz kit, CL16, maybe 15 depending on the price difference. Sure, you might be leaving a tiny bit of performance on the table in a game or two, but you're not paying the premium for that tiny gain either.
 

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