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OCing memory: is it worth it?

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October 20, 2013 2:55:12 PM

i currently have 8gb of dual channel ram @ 2006MHz. would it improve my system performance at all to OC it even higher? i have heard of these things called ram timings, could someonw please explain this to me? also people say that if you oc your ram more the timings go up and you get less performance. is it true?
btw this is for gaming

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a b } Memory
October 20, 2013 2:59:32 PM

You don't need to OC your RAM unless you are using some really memory-hungry apps - HD video editing or rendering, that kind of stuff.

For any other type of application, including gaming, you see very little real performance increase by overclocking RAM past 1600 or 1866 MHz. And you are already above those frequencies.
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October 20, 2013 4:23:54 PM

Yes, DRAM can be OCed, depending on the sticks, and your skills, it can provide slightly better system performance, in general most decent DRAM can go up at least 1 step i.e. 1866 or 2000 can go up to 2133 or a bit higher, generally most will increase their base timings by 1, the freq by a step and try with that, then if needed raise DRAM voltage and/or MC (memory controller) voltage
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October 20, 2013 8:20:37 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Yes, DRAM can be OCed, depending on the sticks, and your skills, it can provide slightly better system performance, in general most decent DRAM can go up at least 1 step i.e. 1866 or 2000 can go up to 2133 or a bit higher, generally most will increase their base timings by 1, the freq by a step and try with that, then if needed raise DRAM voltage and/or MC (memory controller) voltage


thanks i will try that from the bios
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a c 1988 } Memory
October 20, 2013 8:52:03 PM

Let me know how it goes, it's one way to squeeze a little extra out of what you already have
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October 21, 2013 4:00:41 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Let me know how it goes, it's one way to squeeze a little extra out of what you already have


btw, is there any way to test if the OC on the ram will make my system faster? the only thing i can think of is the windows experience index, and ive been told that that is unreliable. also, do i need to increase the voltage? how do i test if it is stable?
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a c 1988 } Memory
October 21, 2013 4:07:56 PM

Can run MaxxMem, or from the command prompy run WINSAT MEM
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