Corsair DDR3 dual channel 1600 9-9-9-24

The type of memory I have is in the title. I'm not sure how overclocking goes with memory as I have almost no experience (I overclocked my phenom ii x4 955 be, but that was easy).

What I wanted to know was what happens if I just change the mhz thing from 800 (default) to 1333 or 1600 without changing the timings. Would I have to change the timings manually or would they change on their own?

If I did have to change the timings, how would they differ from 1333 to 1600 (the timings, not performance)? I assume I would change the timings to 9-9-9-24 if I set the mhz to 1600, but I'm not entirely sure.

Like I said, I'm really new to overclocking, but I'd also like my memory to at least work to some of the potential as advertised.

Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

My system:
phenom ii x4 955 be
gigabyte 790xt mobo bios version F4I (if that helps)
corsair ddr3 1600 9-9-9-24
corsair 650w psu
XFX ati radeon hd 4890 gpu
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  1. bradp... first step is to make sure your MB is delivering the correct voltage to your RAM. If that's correct, they may come up automatically as 1600 or at least more than 800.

    I'm guessing your MB says 1600 is only available as OC. Yes, you'd want to change the timing when you change the MHz - doubtful it would even take or boot with the 6-7 current setting for CL.

    First step is to read the SPD data on the RAM... program like CPUz should do it.

    Try that and post info and someone will followup.
  2. The 1600 is available as an option right away. Also, it boots at 1600 from 800 without changing the timings or voltage, but it seems... wierd. I didn't do any stability tests, but there were things that made it seem like it was unstable. It was like playing an hd movie on my old laptop.
  3. Well, run Prime95 on it, see if it IS stable.

    Maybe it really is stable - of course, if the computer offers you a sandwich and mentions his mother, DO NOT TAKE A SHOWER!!!
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