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For my new build i'm thinking to buy a G.SKILL TridentX 2400mhz 2x8gb, but for gaming, a memory with high frequency would be better or a better timing memory?
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  1. I usually put higher speed memory in my boxes as CAD is my "9 to 5" thing. However, I don't quite "get" the mindset on gaming and memory.... peeps will argue vehemently about one GFX card having a singe digit % advantage over another and then say that same % fps advantages from memory speed don't matter . Comparing DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 with a $2 price difference, and looking just at gaming related benchmarks. The cost difference is 2.27% for the RAM and 0.13% on a $1500 system

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0L_KFKJYvg

    3D Mark - 1.00 % advantage
    BF3 - 5.2% advantage in max frame rates
    Far Cry 3 - 1.7 % advantage in avg frame rates

    So is a 0.13% cash investment worth those 1% to 5.2% improvements ?

    With a $2 system cost increase, going from DDR3-1600 to DDR3-1866 is easy to justify. A jump to 2133 is a bit harder .... that's a 1.9 % increase in system cost and gives ya 1.9% increase in 3DMark .... remember though that the fps differences are usually in single digits and this is within the margin of error. Above that point ya usually see some diminishing returns as CAS starts dropping .... what's faster 2400 CAS 11 or 2133 CAS 9 ?

    9/2133 x 1000 = 4.22 nanoseconds
    11/2400 x 1000 = 4.58

    So the CAS 9 2133 is faster

    $160 for Mushkin CAS 9 DDR3-2133 looks to me as the best buy for hi performance RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226420

    The Corsair Vengeance Pro sure do look perty but they come up short on price and specs
    $170 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233542
  2. JackNaylorPE said:
    I usually put higher speed memory in my boxes as CAD is my "9 to 5" thing. However, I don't quite "get" the mindset on gaming and memory.... peeps will argue vehemently about one GFX card having a singe digit % advantage over another and then say that same % fps advantages from memory speed don't matter . Comparing DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 with a $2 price difference, and looking just at gaming related benchmarks. The cost difference is 2.27% for the RAM and 0.13% on a $1500 system

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0L_KFKJYvg

    3D Mark - 1.00 % advantage
    BF3 - 5.2% advantage in max frame rates
    Far Cry 3 - 1.7 % advantage in avg frame rates

    So is a 0.13% cash investment worth those 1% to 5.2% improvements ?

    With a $2 system cost increase, going from DDR3-1600 to DDR3-1866 is easy to justify. A jump to 2133 is a bit harder .... that's a 1.9 % increase in system cost and gives ya 1.9% increase in 3DMark .... remember though that the fps differences are usually in single digits and this is within the margin of error. Above that point ya usually see some diminishing returns as CAS starts dropping .... what's faster 2400 CAS 11 or 2133 CAS 9 ?

    9/2133 x 1000 = 4.22 nanoseconds
    11/2400 x 1000 = 4.58

    So the CAS 9 2133 is faster

    $160 for Mushkin CAS 9 DDR3-2133 looks to me as the best buy for hi performance RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226420

    The Corsair Vengeance Pro sure do look perty but they come up short on price and specs
    $170 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233542





    I'm thinking to get this memory 2133mhz CAS 9 http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-2133c9d-16gtx
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    It's more money ..... and Gskill isn't high on my "happy list".... they've prolly been in 10% of my builds but are responsible for more than 50% of my returns.....I have returned only one Mushkin module in since mid 1990s ...sent 4 Gskills back in a year and stopped using.
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    It's more money ..... and Gskill isn't high on my "happy list".... they've prolly been in 10% of my builds but are responsible for more than 50% of my returns.....I have returned only one Mushkin module in since mid 1990s ...sent 4 Gskills back in a year and stopped using.


    I never bought G.SKILL, but Corsair I trust and from what you said about Mushkin I'm thinking to get that memory. Thank's man.
  5. Best of luck w/ your build
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