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Should/can I overclock RAM speeds?

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January 17, 2014 8:15:59 AM

I have a desktop computer with an E2140 dual core processor that I was able to overclock from 1.6 Ghz to 2.13 Ghz, very stable. I'm okay with that, but while I was running Novabench to check my computer speed, I noticed the results said that my RAM speed was only ~1,200 Mb/s. I know that my other computers has a RAM speed of several thousand, so I was wondering if it was possible for me to overclock my RAM, or in some way increase its speed.
According to CPU-Z, I think my RAM, 2 Gb each, are running at 333Mhz DRAM frequency, single channel.
I'm pretty amateur at this so if I'm missing any vital information I apologize in advance.

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January 17, 2014 9:02:19 AM

No need to overclock ram in most cases, by increasing the multiplier and therefore gaining more Mhz, you will most likely have to loosen the memory timing on the RAM to allow it to run without bluescreens/lockups.

And by doing so your ram will lose some speed at the same time. And you won't be seeing any noticably difference, we're talking like barely 1 extra frame in games. Difference is fairly small in programs as well.

Only exception are with AMD APU's for example, since they have integrated graphics and don't have any V-ram.
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January 17, 2014 9:17:43 AM

Romeru said:
No need to overclock ram in most cases, by increasing the multiplier and therefore gaining more Mhz, you will most likely have to loosen the memory timing on the RAM to allow it to run without bluescreens/lockups.

And by doing so your ram will lose some speed at the same time. And you won't be seeing any noticably difference, we're talking like barely 1 extra frame in games. Difference is fairly small in programs as well.

Only exception are with AMD APU's for example, since they have integrated graphics and don't have any V-ram.


The thing is I have an integrated graphics card that sucks reeeaally bad (SiS Mirage 3) so getting an extra frame actually does make a difference for me XD.
I'm able to change CAS latency and DRAM frequency, currently at 4T and 667 Mhz respectively. I think 800Mhz doesn't let me boot up and I don't know how latency works.
I'm also wondering whether I can make my RAM dual channel because it says it is single channel on CPU-Z (they are a pair of 2 Gb sticks, same model I think).

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January 17, 2014 1:49:43 PM

Tarbel said:
Romeru said:
No need to overclock ram in most cases, by increasing the multiplier and therefore gaining more Mhz, you will most likely have to loosen the memory timing on the RAM to allow it to run without bluescreens/lockups.

And by doing so your ram will lose some speed at the same time. And you won't be seeing any noticably difference, we're talking like barely 1 extra frame in games. Difference is fairly small in programs as well.

Only exception are with AMD APU's for example, since they have integrated graphics and don't have any V-ram.


Check if they are made to run in dual channel, it's worth it. Then find the correct ram slots for your motherboard. Installing ram is easy.

The thing is I have an integrated graphics card that sucks reeeaally bad (SiS Mirage 3) so getting an extra frame actually does make a difference for me XD.
I'm able to change CAS latency and DRAM frequency, currently at 4T and 667 Mhz respectively. I think 800Mhz doesn't let me boot up and I don't know how latency works.
I'm also wondering whether I can make my RAM dual channel because it says it is single channel on CPU-Z (they are a pair of 2 Gb sticks, same model I think).



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January 17, 2014 1:52:28 PM

At any rate, you could try overclocking your ram, see if you notice a difference.
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February 9, 2014 9:40:08 AM

Dear first you need to ensure that your RAMs are in dual channel configuration. Use slot 1,3 or 2,4 this will create dual channel. So far as RAM OC goes getting extra frame on the cost of more latencies does not seem logical at all. Don't go for it unless you are really dying hard on it. Better get dedicated GPU than OCing the RAM.
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