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May 28, 2011 1:49:14 PM

Hi. I just put together a system, here are the relevant parts.

i7-2600
2x4GB G.SKILL ram 1600
asus p8 h670m evo mobo

The thing to notice is that the mobo supports max 1333mhz ram (am I wrong?).
My question is whether it's worth it to upgrade the mobo to something that supports 1600mhz ram (will I notice a difference if I'm doing long numerical calculations in c++). Or should I get ram rated at 1333. Or should I leave things as they are? Opinions would be great.

Edit: I just talked to a guy at a computer store. He says that my mobo should be able to support 1600 mhz ram if I overclock. Is this true?

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June 1, 2011 12:45:22 AM

From http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8H6...

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* 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
* The XMP support (MAX 1333MHz) is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs and the package of DRAM. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.

From http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-scaling-i7,2...

Quote:
High End Memory Is Not Worth The Money

The results are obvious: going from one memory speed to the next, e.g. from DDR3-1066 to 1333, does not provide major benefits. Even the replacement of slow DDR3-800 RAM by DDR3-1600 memory will mostly yield disappointing results. While the performance advantage is measurable, it is never noticeable.

Of course this is a little late and the poster has probably found his answers eslewhere. But this does benefit me, as I just learned that I don't have to spend money on 1600 ram and a mobo that supports it.
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June 1, 2011 4:21:17 AM

Pacopag said:
I just talked to a guy at a computer store. He says that my mobo should be able to support 1600 mhz ram if I overclock. Is this true?

No, it's not. H67 boards cannot go above 1333 RAM speed.
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June 8, 2011 12:16:10 PM

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