Does anyone know which is more important, Memory Bandwidth or Memory Latency?
I would mainly be playing games and watching 1080p-res movies on my PC so I need to know whether I have to fork out that extra hundred bucks or two for a CL7 instead of a CL9 or will my DDR3 1600MHz bandwidth be the main concern...?
Also, if latency is more important, how much more important is it? Is it something that will increase framerates in games A LOT more or by a very tiny amount, say a typical 3-4fps...
Was thinking of going for the Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHX 2 x 2GB kit...
So what's everyone's take on this?
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
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That madshrimps article has been around for a while, and it is still the best visual explanation of latency vs. bandwidth. I referred to the same article when I built my machine almost two years ago.
Keep in mind that the vista benchmarking software is almost useless. I wouldn't make any decisions based on the data presented there. It is more of a ballpark range, and not a very good ballpark at that.
The difference that memory timings will make on gaming is pretty minimal. You may pick up a frame or two, but bang for buck it has got to be one of the most expensive ways to try to increase your framerate.