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Experimenting with Overclocking ram

Hi guys

I know there are not much benefits performance wise to overclocking your ram but im just experimenting with my system.
I have pretty good cooling in my case and have central ac in my house and I monitor temps using cpuid hardware monitor pro. So the question is, I purchased this ram from newegg and initially tried to get some overclocking out of it but it wasn't working at all. After flashing my bios for my mobo to the newest version i had way more success. I now have my ram running at 931.1 mhz but its just the timings that are off now. My question is should i leave it at these settings and if so how do i get the timings better. My motherboard is the asus saber tooth and it has the newest bios version 1208.

Thanks in advance


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197


http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2405391
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  1. really ?? no help with the timings ?
  2. Hey,

    I'm pretty new to overclocking too, but I believe the best way to optimize your RAM for better performance is to look in the "SPD" tab of CPU-Z and choose one of the "JEDEC" profiles that include the potential frequencies and general timings.

    You note the main information and enter the timings, eg: 7 7 7 20 in the relevant place and try your best to match the frequency in BIOS by changing the BCLK and DRAM multiplier. You may have to learn more about your motherboard for the correct terminology in your BIOS.

    I have also learned (but could be wrong) that you should not OC your RAM by more than 10% and tightening the timings may give you a better performance boost anyway.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Faster mhz for memory will result in better benchmarks, slightly, but usually nothing you will ever notice using the PC. RAM is not normally a bottleneck in most computers, as far as raw speed anyhow, its way more important that you simply have enough. Most agree though that once you get to 1333mhz memory (that is 667mhz at double data rate) lowering or tightening the timings gives you better results that you might actually notice a little in the "feel" of the machine.

    If you are running 1600mhz memory, and you think you need more memory speed, odds are that if you popped in an SSD, you would be amazing and quite happy with the results. And SSD and memory are 2 different things of course, but an SSD does bring an entire new level of "instantness" to everything you do that is likely what you are looking for by trying to improve your RAM speed.
  4. MrMeth said:
    Hi guys

    I know there are not much benefits performance wise to overclocking your ram but im just experimenting with my system.
    I have pretty good cooling in my case and have central ac in my house and I monitor temps using cpuid hardware monitor pro. So the question is, I purchased this ram from newegg and initially tried to get some overclocking out of it but it wasn't working at all. After flashing my bios for my mobo to the newest version i had way more success. I now have my ram running at 931.1 mhz but its just the timings that are off now. My question is should i leave it at these settings and if so how do i get the timings better. My motherboard is the asus saber tooth and it has the newest bios version 1208.

    Thanks in advance


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197


    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2405391


    MrMeth said:
    really ?? no help with the timings ?


    Seeing as how you don't actually list the timings you are running we must fish for answers to help you, your CPU-Z validation says you're running RAM Speed : 931.1 MHz (1:4) @ 9-11-9-27, so your 1600mhz memory is already overclocked to 1866mhz, so are you asking for a pat on the back for your memory overclock, well done!

    If you've already managed to pull that off, why are you asking for help?

    Best regards Ryan
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    MrMeth said:
    Hi guys

    I know there are not much benefits performance wise to overclocking your ram but im just experimenting with my system.
    I have pretty good cooling in my case and have central ac in my house and I monitor temps using cpuid hardware monitor pro. So the question is, I purchased this ram from newegg and initially tried to get some overclocking out of it but it wasn't working at all. After flashing my bios for my mobo to the newest version i had way more success. I now have my ram running at 931.1 mhz but its just the timings that are off now. My question is should i leave it at these settings and if so how do i get the timings better. My motherboard is the asus saber tooth and it has the newest bios version 1208.

    Thanks in advance


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197


    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2405391


    I learned a lot from these articles.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Dual-Triple-and-Quad-Channel-Memory-Architectures/133

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Understanding-RAM-Timings/26

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Memory-Overclocking/152
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