Is 20 bucks for lower CL worth it?

I'm sort of at an impass

for $170 I can pick up this ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335&cm_re=g.skill_PI-_-20-231-335-_-Product

which has a 7-8-7-24-2N CL

or for 150 I can pick up this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

which is 9-9-9-24

So will the lower latency materialize as a noticeable performance difference in games and every day applications?
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  1. Lower latency doesn't make any difference in games/apps,its important only for overclocking.If you are going to OC,then go with the CL7 model otherwise go wit the cheaper one.
  2. Lower latencies do make some differences, but you probably won't notice it unless you benchmark.
  3. jcpwn3r said:
    I'm sort of at an impass

    for $170 I can pick up this ram

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335&cm_re=g.skill_PI-_-20-231-335-_-Product

    which has a 7-8-7-24-2N CL

    or for 150 I can pick up this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    which is 9-9-9-24

    So will the lower latency materialize as a noticeable performance difference in games and every day applications?

    ddr3 timings and latency are very high compared to ddr2 ram and ddr2 is cheaper. until they nail ddr3 timings I'm sticking with ddr2 hope it helps.
  4. To muddy the water further, for another $20 you can get CAS6

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226121

    If ya look at it from the standpoint of $20 extra on a $170 purchase, it looks like a lot, however if you take into account that it is in say a $2000 system, the 1% difference doesn't seem significant at all and it does make your whole system faster.

    Also watch the high heat sinks on the $170 set, may interfere with your CPU cooler.
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