I am looking to make my first build. I have spent nearly everyday since the i7 came out looking for the best price/performance/looks for my needs.
I have many questions but one I would like help with is my choice of memory.
I currently have some G.Skill 12800 DDR3 on my wish list but I have come across some very pretty Crucial memory. It is 5 dollars more (So basically the same price) and it says it is rated for PC3 10600 or 1333.
My question is this...Can the crucial mem also be OCed to 1600mhz? I have never OCed before and plan to only OC slightly without increasing voltage levels if I can. I know that the G.Skill can be set to 1600mhz without risk but I cannot find any current reviews of the Crucial Mem (there are old reviews covering similar mem but not this one specifically).
Should I just stick with the G.Skill? Or will the Crucial be able to be OCed to 1600mhz without much problems?
Why are you so fixed on this 1600? 1333 cas7 will offer pretty much the same performance as 1600 cas9, but since those crucial sticks(and f*ck, they do look awesome ;]) already require 1.65v chances of going much higher without relaxing the timings are quite small i think. On the other hand those g.skills need only 1.5v to run at 1600, and thats why I probably would go with those. Looks aint everything
Huh. Well I really had no idea. I looked around and saw what I now realize were synthetic benchmarks showing 1600 to be faster than 1333. But I had no concept of CAS latency or real world application performance. Thanks a lot for the info and the link...even though this throws my whole world view on memory into whack and now I gotta look through newegg again