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RAM speed for gaming?

Basically, I am debating whether I should buy a ripjaws 8gb kit @ 1600mhz for $50, or a ripjaws 8gb kit @ 2133mhz for ~$99.

How does RAM speed affect gaming, and would it be worth buying 16gb of RAM?
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  1. depends on the system. hope these kits are pairs and not individual sticks..?? 1600 is fine. i run 1333. not killing me.
  2. swifty_morgan said:
    depends on the system. hope these kits are pairs and not individual sticks..?? 1600 is fine. i run 1333. not killing me.


    2x4 gb kits haha,
    so there isn't any noticable fps drop etc?
  3. Not really. Ram speed is the least important metric to improve game performance. Its waaaay down the list on things I would upgrade.
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    16 won't help much, unless u have a phobia from futureproofing! but it wont. that ripjaws x won't help either(for now).
    you can buy a corsair xms3 or a set of ripjaws of1666mhz.
    THE TRUTH:
    even the ripjaws X model u wer saying abt...it works at stock speed of 1666mhz. "i have a pair".
    8 gb is enuff.
    those classy looking heat spreaders don't work magic unless you have one side of your case open!
    she looks beautiful BTW.
    if u believe your ram sticks r gonna stay fit for that long. GET THEM.
    ITS USELESS if not!

    i gave you enough options to look out for boy.
  5. If strictly gaming 1600/9 is sufficient, the faster DRAM is most useful when using the rig - like in rendering, imaging, CAD, multitasking, VMs, etc
  6. I read an article which said over 1600 has little benefit. I just got 2133 because they were $5 more, but with a 4.4GHz o/c on my CPU, I actually run them at 1600 with tighter timing (it was more stable that way) and I get similar Maxmem scores as at 2400 with looser timing.
  7. Anything over 1600 mhz would not make a noticeable difference
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