I was wondering if I could overclock my Crucial RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) to 1600 MHz so when I add 2 more sticks to my motherboard they could be 1600 MHz and the old RAM could keep up with it. I'm not too experienced with RAM OC as you may guess. I guess my question is will the RAM be strong enough to be Overclocked?
2) Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
That is why ram vendors will not support ram that is not bought in one kit.
Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
it is safer to get what you need in one kit.
3) Faster ram is really 1333 ram that has been bnned as to quality so it can be overclocked to 1600 and sole for a higher price.
Yours probably lost out in the binning lottery.
4) Some motherboards are sensitive to ram specifics.
You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
One place to check is your motherboards web site.
Look for the ram QVL list. It lists all of the ram kits that have been tested with that particular motherboard.
Sometimes the QVL list is not updated after the motherboard is released.
For more current info, go to a ram vendor's web site and access their ram selection configurator.
Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.
5) It is harder for a motherboard to manage 4 sticks of ram than 2.
Ram is cheap enough today. If you want more ram, and I always think that is a good idea, then just buy a compatible kit of the size you need in a 2 stick configuration.
So if I buy the same RAM for my upgrades, Overclocking it would still not be a good idea? I mean I would still use Crucial of course.
It takes a synthetic benchmark to tell the difference between 1600 ram and 1333 ram.
Real app performance is perhaps 1%, or 1 fps.
Try it if you wish, but do not make any decisions based on overclocking.
Why bother? All you can accomplish is to really screw something up.
I hear it increases performance of moving files and maybe boot time.
News to me.
Can you find a link?
As to boot times. I rarely do a cold boot.
I use sleep to the S3 sleep state with no hibernate.
That puts everythign into a low power state. The contents of ram are saved.
It takes 2-3 seconds to sleep or wake.
I read the article awhile ago. It said that faster RAM makes a difference of 2FPS at the most, but it does increase file transfer speed and boot times. As long as it won't destroy my sticks I'm fine with OC.