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GBs v. Latency ??

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September 12, 2010 2:49:30 PM

I am a bit confused in my reading. Maybe someone could advise?

On the whole, for gaming PCs (MS Flight Simulator to be specific, FS9 and FSX) am I better off (performance-wise, I mean!) installing (on a Giga-Byte GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard + i7-950 CPU, GTX460 GPU) 12GBs (2x6GB packs) of this (DDR3 PC3-8500):

or ('only') 6GBs (2x3GB packs) of this high performance RAM (DDR3 PC3-12800):

I am not up to paying over £200 for the RAM, so 12GBs of the latter would be a bit over the top.. (could always add it later).

OS is Windows 7 64-bit..



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September 12, 2010 4:27:24 PM

I think that 12GB of random acess memory is unnecessary because your pc and games will never need 12GB of ram unless after 4 years. I suggest that you buy 6GB of DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM. (Quality is always better than quantity :)  ).
September 12, 2010 4:35:37 PM

That was my (humble) opinion too!

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September 12, 2010 10:38:35 PM

Hi martinlest and welcome to THG.

Always is better timings plus speed that amount of RAM. Crucial is an excellent manufacturer and I'd go with 6GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer currently I have a very similar kit with my rig and ware awesome.

U only need 12GB if u work with many Adobe applications at the same time.
September 12, 2010 11:18:58 PM

Yes, I am sure you are right. I can't see even FSX using anywhere near 12GBs of RAM..