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Is 4x2GB DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 good enough for next-gen gaming?

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January 21, 2014 10:07:09 AM

Hi,

I'm upgrading my PC and planning to continue using my old RAM.
I am getting i5-4670K, Sapphire R9 280X Dual-X, and Asus Z87-A.
My current RAM is 4 dice of 2GB each, DDR3 1333MHz, CL 9, tRCD 9, tRP 9, tRAS 24, tRC 33, CR 2T (noname from Dell).

Would there be a noticeable change in game performance if I switch to 2 x 4GB DDR3 2133MHz 9-11-11-31?
http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/8GB-G-Skill-...

Thank you!
Jethead
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January 21, 2014 10:11:11 AM

Hey

Yes, in gaming, but mostly in video editing.
Dual channel is better, you can upgread later if you want 8 gigs more.
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January 21, 2014 10:12:04 AM

If your mobo can support the 4 sticks go for it! There will not be a huge difference in speed and if you are building it for gaming you won't have problems because gaming doesn't use all that much ram. I would keep the sticks you have now and spend the extra cash on something else! Hope this helped!!!!
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January 21, 2014 10:19:24 AM

I agree that you should see a performance increase. HERE is a good article on memory speed and timings and you can see the increased performance of 2133 over 1333 at CAS9.
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January 21, 2014 10:22:03 AM

Yes it is good for next gen but 2 dimms at 4gb and 1600Mhz would be better and CAS timings of 7 Like the G.Skill Trident x
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January 21, 2014 10:24:47 AM

Adam Schneider said:
Yes it is good for next gen but 2 dimms at 4gb and 1600Mhz would be better and CAS timings of 7 Like the G.Skill Trident x
Nope, 2133 CAS 9 outperforms 1600 CAS 7 -- see the link in my earlier post.

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January 21, 2014 10:39:30 AM

RealBeast said:
Adam Schneider said:
Yes it is good for next gen but 2 dimms at 4gb and 1600Mhz would be better and CAS timings of 7 Like the G.Skill Trident x
Nope, 2133 CAS 9 outperforms 1600 CAS 7 -- see the link in my earlier post.



I agree, but I take that he wants to keep is 1333Mhz RAM he's probably not overclocking, and Intel CPU's are made to run 1333Mhz and 1600Mhz at stock. With some light overclocking for anything higher>>>>http://ark.intel.com/products/65520/Intel-Core-i5-3570K...


I'm not saying that it is hard or not recommended to run higher RAM Clocks especially when you can usually to it with the click of a button.
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January 21, 2014 10:45:42 AM

Nope, he linked some G.Skill 2133 and wants to know if it will give a performance improvement over his current 1333. He doesn't need to OC the CPU to run that 2133 memory on an ASUS Z87-A (great board by the way). I've built a half dozen with that board and its just a quick memory bios setting.
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January 21, 2014 10:46:55 AM

RealBeast said:
I agree that you should see a performance increase. HERE is a good article on memory speed and timings and you can see the increased performance of 2133 over 1333 at CAS9.


Thanks a lot for an informative read!

According to that article, increasing memory speed and/or timings brings no noticeable improvement for single-GPU gaming:
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While memory speed did not necessarily affect our single GPU gaming results, for real-world or IGP use, memory speed above these sinks can afford a tangible (5%+) difference in throughput.


And this:
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Of course, cost is a factor – price raises more with MHz than with tCL, thus the ‘work benefit’ analysis comes in – if buying a kit boosts your productivity by x percent, how long will it take to recover the cost? In single GPU gaming, for our setup, the benefits seemed to be minimal, but I can see workload improvements going for something faster than 1600 C9.


Since I am going to use a single GPU, my money is probably better spent elsewhere?

Thanks!
Jethead
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January 21, 2014 10:56:50 AM

Yup, that is the conclusion for gaming. My guess is that for gaming the bottleneck was somewhere else (most likely the video card), although I would think that some very new games like BF4 might show some difference in performance, but that's just my speculation and memory is currently pretty expensive. You can revisit the idea of the 2133 when the price comes down since you already have the 1333.
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January 21, 2014 10:59:29 AM

Thanks a lot to everybody involved!

I'll keep my good old noname RAM and keep an eye on price drops for better sticks!

Best,
Jethead
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