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Will ddr2 800 mhz limit the OC capability of my e8400

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July 17, 2008 10:27:04 PM

I'm about to build a new system and I picked up an intel e8400 and 4gb (2x2) ddr2 800 mhz ram.
I wanted to know how limited my Overclocking abilities will be due to the slower ram? I believe i can get the e8400 to 3.6 easy but i was hoping to reach 3.8 if not 4
July 17, 2008 11:15:19 PM

hey, what cpu do you have now ? I am looking to switch to intel myaself.
July 17, 2008 11:16:58 PM

Well, you will get to about 3.6Ghz with your RAM at Stock DDR2-800.

An extra 200Mhz should not be an issue.
It all depends on the RAM how far beyond that you can go.

Usually biggers DIMMS Don't OC as much, but give it a whirl.
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July 17, 2008 11:17:10 PM

i have the intel e8400 dual core 3.0 ghz.

i wanted to follow up on my ram and saw its a corsair xms2 in case anyone has managed to oc that ram
July 17, 2008 11:23:05 PM

I meant what are you upgrading from ? AMD intel 2180 ?
July 17, 2008 11:24:27 PM

The Ram will overclock to 450mhz speed easily, if my budget ones can do it, so can yours. Its not really necessary to have all that cpu power anyway. 3.6ghz is plenty
July 17, 2008 11:27:44 PM

It depends on a number of factors, including the specific part number, which motherboard you are using, etc. There is never any guarantee that any particular memory chip or CPU will overclock well.
July 18, 2008 12:39:43 PM

I have an e8400, asus p5e, 2x1 gig 6400 800 mhz crucial ballistix kit. I am running 445x9 cpu, 1069 mhz on ram at 5,5,5,15 timing. If i was at 1:1 ratio my ram would run at 890mhz but I cannot run better timings at the slower speed. The way I figure it I don`t need to run faster ram account of the over-volting it would take to overclock the cpu any higher. 1.3625 v is the highest I will take my e8400 even with my water cooled system. I have tried many different combinations of multiplier, fsb, ram divider and this config performs better for me at the lowest voltage to my hardware. G.Skill would be my first choice but for now I am satisfied with my 30 dollar ballistix kits performance. G.Skill "HZ" for xp users or a 2x2 kit for vista.
July 18, 2008 12:40:34 PM

I have an e8400, asus p5e, 2x1 gig 6400 800 mhz crucial ballistix kit. I am running 445x9 cpu, 1069 mhz on ram at 5,5,5,15 timing. If i was at 1:1 ratio my ram would run at 890mhz but I cannot run better timings at the slower speed. The way I figure it I don`t need to run faster ram account of the over-volting it would take to overclock the cpu any higher. 1.3625 v is the highest I will take my e8400 even with my water cooled system. I have tried many different combinations of multiplier, fsb, ram divider and this config performs better for me at the lowest voltage to my hardware. G.Skill would be my first choice but for now I am satisfied with my 30 dollar ballistix kits performance. G.Skill "HZ" for xp users or a 2x2 kit for vista.
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