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Gaming, Overclocking ram 1600 or 2133 ?

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December 18, 2011 8:46:09 AM

Hello, I'm about to get a new pair of ram.
Gaming and OCing is the main priority (bf3 4gb is not enough for ultra setting smooth gameplay.) but I also do some video convert, ram whore app,etc.

My spec :
I7-2600k @ 4.1Ghz
GTX580
(now)G.SKILL DDR3 4GB XL 2133(9-11-9-28-2N )
750w
Asrock P67 Extreme4

which one should I get ?

G.skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (1600 8-8-8-24-2N 1.5v) for $76

or

G.skill F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM (2133 9-11-10-28-2N 1.65V) for $106

Thanks.
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a c 242 K Overclocking
December 18, 2011 9:53:19 AM

1600 cl8 8gb is enough
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December 19, 2011 3:40:34 AM

^ Agreed. You won't notice the difference in overclocking to 2133MHz. The lower CAS Latency on the 1600MHz set will probably help it when running at 1600MHz (already overclocked) anyhow.

Also, you should be able to reach a bit more with the 2600K if I'm not mistaken. If heating is your issue, I do hope you have a decent cooler installed?
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December 19, 2011 7:41:53 AM

Toxxyc said:
^ Agreed. You won't notice the difference in overclocking to 2133MHz. The lower CAS Latency on the 1600MHz set will probably help it when running at 1600MHz (already overclocked) anyhow.

Also, you should be able to reach a bit more with the 2600K if I'm not mistaken. If heating is your issue, I do hope you have a decent cooler installed?


Heat is not the issue. :)  ,yes I got CNPS9900 MAX.
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December 19, 2011 8:24:38 AM

Why not OC it a little more then? You seem to enjoy the overclocking, why not see how the 2600K really performs? :p 

Don't risk too high, I'm just pulling your leg. Keep overclocking safe, it's not fun to see your expensive hardware release the magic smoke.
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December 20, 2011 12:59:41 AM

I have 2133mhz ram and i7-2600k @ 4.5ghz, sad reality is i see no difference compared to my mates 2500k(not overclocked yet) with 1600mhz ram. I'm sure there is marginal gains but not enough that i can tell.
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December 20, 2011 3:26:10 AM

^ You won't notice the difference in games. Sad reality, thinking you could've saved the cash on the 2600K and a fast RAM kit and spent it on a better GPU... :p 
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December 20, 2011 3:47:32 AM

I'd just like to chime in here and say I have been tinkering around with my 2133 kit on my sandy 2600k myself. I'm finding (so far) that my games are responding better especially while running with multi-gpu's with the lower timings @1600 than when my kit is set to it's max cap at those stable timings. It's about how instant the information is transferred with reference to latency than the total bandwidth that really helps graphics overall.

I would go with the 1600 as those are nice timings for a nice price.
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December 20, 2011 3:52:23 AM

I'm just pulling your leg. Keep overclocking safe, it's not fun to see your expensive hardware release the magic smoke.
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December 20, 2011 4:08:35 AM

GPU is king in gaming, 2500K vs 2600k, 1600 vs 2133 is on playing with the marginals at best.
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December 20, 2011 4:41:43 AM

aredeecee said:
GPU is king in gaming, 2500K vs 2600k, 1600 vs 2133 is on playing with the marginals at best.



Except for the fact that this thread is about memory, I would almost completely concur. Though at 2560x1600 I have had to tweak with my north quite an amount to get the fringe and lace on my frames I have wanted. That said, I'm eyeballing a 3rd card early this upcoming year. Ebay special perhaps...

Gpu's do help the most. The op is not making a poor decision at all upgrading to 8gb from 4gb kit though. I saw a greater amount of a performance boost from the amount of ram than I have ever seen on speed upgrades.
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December 30, 2011 1:08:30 AM

Best answer selected by Infinity02.
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