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October 4, 2013 1:52:08 PM

I mainly do video editing on my pc, abit of low demand gaming like minecraft and counter strike, I have 8gb 1333mhz ram, would I benefit from 16gb? And a higher 1600mhz?
My specs are:
amd fx8350 4.5ghz
8gb 1333mhz Kingston hyperx
2x hd radeon 7770 ghz edition
700watt corsair psu
Some asus motherboard, not sure

All I want to know is would I see an improvent while video editing and rendering?
October 4, 2013 1:59:52 PM

1600mhz 16 gb modules will definetly improve performance for video editing as its an memory hungry takes to encode and decode the videos..
try using it in dual channel
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October 4, 2013 2:01:58 PM

8GB to 16GB is always good for video editing; it can use quite a bit easily. For gaming you do not need more than 8GB. If you want to get memory, get some memory that has a low latency and high frequency:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Timing 9-10-9-28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Timing 9-11-11-31-2N

Both of the above will work great for what you need!
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October 4, 2013 2:03:42 PM

Correct me if im wrong...Yes, Having 1600mhz Ram is 'better' than 1333mhz. You will have twice as much RAM and a faster RAM speed meaning you will notice a speed increase.

However your PC will operate at the slowest component, for example, if you have a really fast CPU but slow HDD, the PC will only be as good as the slowest Component i.e. the HDD.

I don't want to confuse things further but CAS Latency will also have an effect on performance.



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October 4, 2013 2:04:21 PM

sai Kote said:
1600mhz 16 gb modules will definetly improve performance for video editing as its an memory hungry takes to encode and decode the videos..
try using it in dual channel


Thanks, ill do that now. and I'm wondering wether it's time to kick out my 7770's for one more powerful card? Then sli it later?
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October 4, 2013 2:07:59 PM

For the games you're playing, 7770 in SLI is more than enough. If you want to play more demanding games wait for the next generation of cards coming out, it's not worth it to upgrade right now.
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October 4, 2013 2:08:15 PM

edogawa said:
8GB to 16GB is always good for video editing; it can use quite a bit easily. For gaming you do not need more than 8GB. If you want to get memory, get some memory that has a low latency and high frequency:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Timing 9-10-9-28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Timing 9-11-11-31-2N

Both of the above will work great for what you need!


Thanks for the links
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October 4, 2013 2:15:10 PM

As for the speed difference you will not really notice much of a improvement there but for video encoding the increase from 8gig to 16gig could help yes. As well as running your ram in dual channel.
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October 4, 2013 2:21:11 PM

Yes it would be a worthy upgrade both for amount and speed..... though i think you will find barely any price difference between DDr3-1600 and DDr3-1866 or even in many cases DDR3-2133. look for the lowest time in nanaseconds which can be calculated from CAS and speed. For example:

CAS Timings ....... CAS/ Speed x 1000 = nanoseconds (voltage)

Cosair Vengeance Pro
9-9-9-24.........9/1600 x 1000 = 5.63 (1.50)
9-10-9-27........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
11-11-11-27.....11/2133 x 1000 = 5.16 (1.50)

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9-9-9-24.........9/1600 x 1000 = 5.63 (1.50)
9-10-9-27........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
9-11-11-31.......9/2133 x 1000 = 4.21 (1.65)

Mushkin Redline
8-8-8-24.........8/1600 x 1000 = 5.00 (1.50)
9-9-9-27.........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
9-11-11-28 ..... 9/2133 x 1000 = 4.21 (1.65)

Out of the above, the 4.21 is the fastest. As for voltage, don't shy away from 1.65 but if the same speed and timings are available......the lower voltages will reduce the load on ya memory controller to a minor extent

I use the Mushkin 997121Rs which won the performance races in THGs test below

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-scaling-gami...

The G.Skill’s DDR3-1866 CAS 10 came in as the value conscious purchase.
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October 4, 2013 2:28:13 PM

Yea, you won't notice a speed difference like mentioned above, but having more system memory available will be essential for HD video editing and Photoshop which can use large amounts of system memory.

If you want 2400mhz get the Tridents too, but anything higher than 1866 won't benefit you much: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 4, 2013 2:30:14 PM

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Yes it would be a worthy upgrade both for amount and speed..... though i think you will find barely any price difference between DDr3-1600 and DDr3-1866 or even in many cases DDR3-2133. look for the lowest time in nanaseconds which can be calculated from CAS and speed. For example:

CAS Timings ....... CAS/ Speed x 1000 = nanoseconds (voltage)

Cosair Vengeance Pro
9-9-9-24.........9/1600 x 1000 = 5.63 (1.50)
9-10-9-27........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
11-11-11-27.....11/2133 x 1000 = 5.16 (1.50)

Corsai5 Dominator Platinuim
9-9-9-24.........9/1600 x 1000 = 5.63 (1.50)
9-10-9-27........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
9-11-11-31.......9/2133 x 1000 = 4.21 (1.65)

Mushkin Redline
8-8-8-24.........8/1600 x 1000 = 5.00 (1.50)
9-9-9-27.........9/1866 x 1000 = 4.82 (1.50)
9-11-11-28 ..... 9/2133 x 1000 = 4.21 (1.65)

Out of the above, the 4.21 is the fastest. As for voltage, don't shy away from 1.65 but if the same speed and timings are available......the lower voltages will reduce the load on ya memory controller to a minor extent

I use the Mushkin 997121Rs which won the performance races in THGs test below

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-scaling-gami...

The G.Skill’s DDR3-1866 CAS 10 came in as the value conscious purchase.


Yes, thanks for the stats. And I've found 1600 and 1866 at very similar prices too
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October 4, 2013 2:57:22 PM

I have been doing loads of searching and what most peeps who have "been there and tested that", they are not showing systems being able to show any real improvement other than in memory benchies from 2400 and up. This is kinda key .... as the price really starts to jump once ya pass 2133.
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October 4, 2013 3:30:45 PM

Yeah, I don't really get why people go to 2400+, benefits are negligible, 1600mhz-2133mhz is all good in the end.
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