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1333MHz vs 1600MHz and does it affect the overclock of cpu?

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July 12, 2011 5:28:05 AM

I'm just wondering if I would see any decent difference going from 1333MHz to 1600MHz and how that would affect an overclocked cpu. Because I can either buy the cheaper RAM with 1333MHz, or go for the more expensive one, 1600MHz (note that I am on the verge of crossing my budget). No matter which RAM I get, I want to try and lower the latency at least a little bit.

In terms of CPU, I'm getting the i5 2500k and planning on overclocking (not overclocking maximum for now, as there is no need for me), but around 4.2GHz. So if I go with the slower RAM, will that have an affect on my CPU, like bottleneck or anything?

1333MHz, 1.5v, 8-8-8-24 (7-8-7-24?) and i5-2500k @ 4.2GHz
1600MHz, 1.5v, 8-8-8-24 (7-8-7-24?) and i5-2500k @ 4.2GHz
Which would work better and would it make much of a difference? Or am I looking at this completely the wrong way?

The RAM is G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800

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July 12, 2011 7:23:34 AM

RAM doesn't affect overclocking on Sandy Bridge systems, and using 1333 RAM won't cause a bottleneck. There's a very small difference in performance, which you probably won't notice anyway.
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July 12, 2011 7:31:37 AM

thanks, I'm going for the cheaper ram then.
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July 22, 2011 8:33:05 AM

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