Faster speeds or tighter timings? That is the question!

See my specs in the my sig below. What I did was OC my RAM and take it out of the 1:1 ratio (running a 370 FSB, therefore 1:1 RAM ratio would be 740Mhz)

I OC'ed my RAM to 925Mhz, using the 4:5 divider. It worked, and booted. Finally, after screwing around for weeks now! Anyway, I ran some benchies, and realised that there was actually a DECREASE in performance using PCMark05 (decrease of 400 points) and 3DMark06 (decrease of 100 points).

1) Can someone please shed some light on this.
2) Should I move back to the 1:1 ratio. Plz, just simple and straightforward answers.
3) What's better - higher frequencies or tighter timings? Can I trust the benchiez?

Thanks guys.
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  1. Since you have an e6600 I think it would be better for you to go with the 1:1 ratio a have tighter timings. There was a review testing core 2 duo ram a they found out that running a ram at 533MHz (1:1) with 3-3-3-10 is faster than running it at 667Mhz with 4-4-4-12 timings. I haven't seen any review testing overclocked ram though. Anyway I'd go for the 1:1 ratio and tighter timings.
  2. Great, thanks. Appreciate it. If you find that link to the test site, let me know. Thanks!
  3. My E6600 performs better with tighter timings.
    5-4-5-12 @ 800MHz performs better than
    5-5-5-12 @ 840MHz
  4. Quote:
    Great, thanks. Appreciate it. If you find that link to the test site, let me know. Thanks!


    here you go:
    http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&number=1&artpage=1962&articID=472
    As you will see the timings are more important than the speed, If your speed difference isn't more than 200MHz and you have to raise timings you would only lose on performance. As I said 1:1 ratio and the tightest timings you can achieve. Good luck :D
  5. You're a machine. Great link. Thanks man.

    CONCLUSION - set you RAM to highest possible timings. Speed is irrelevant.
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    CONCLUSION - set you RAM to highest possible timings. Speed is irrelevant.

    Hell no. Slack the timings and reach the desired FSB, then lower them until its not stable anymore (leave the Cas for the end). All of this at 1:1 of course.
    This has been the rule for several generations of Intel plataforms now.
  7. Why leave the CAS until last?
  8. Because it can be the toughtest one to give in in case you want even timings.
  9. Thought cas was supposed to be the most important timing though.... would it not be a good idea to get it as low as possible first?
  10. Asynchronous operation will always cost: there's no way around it.
  11. It is, but chances are that if you managed to lower the Cas youll be able to lower all the other timings.
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