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Memory.. which is faster?

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June 29, 2012 2:34:29 AM

No one has answered my former post (Don't blame them.. it's a long-winded one.). So I'll state it as a simple question:

All things considered.. which is better/faster?

4 X 2GB sticks of DDR2 667 @ timings of 4-4-4-12 ..

4 X 2GB sticks of DDR2 800 @ timings of 5-5-5-15?

Same brand (G.SKILL).. 2 dual channel kits.. same voltage (1.8-1.9V).

Thanks to all for your time and attention.

BTW.. the mobo (EVGA 680i) maxes out at 8GB total.. can take both speeds, and has small voltage steps up to 2.5V.

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June 29, 2012 9:19:31 PM

My 667 memory arrived today from Newegg and I only have a short window to return w/o a restocking fee and on their dime (I told them I may have ordered the wrong speed and I'm a long-standing customer.. first RMA).

I hope someone can answer this soon. Keep the 667 (which was actually $5 more a set) or return it and order 800?

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June 30, 2012 2:59:44 AM

Theoretically, the 800MHZ at those timings are faster. But I doubt you'll notice any difference. I'd keep what you have. I used to have an Asus 650i board that gave me an occasional BSOD whenever I populated all 4 slots with the fastest RAM (800MHZ) it was designed for. I had to use 667MHZ to make it happy.
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June 30, 2012 3:56:01 AM

Cool!.. Thank you very much for your answer! Yup.. I figured it was something like 3X4 = 2X6 type of thing and it all evened out in the end. I'll keep the 667.. and besides.. I now have 2X2 GB Crucial sticks I can use as spares. I appreciate your attention sir.
June 30, 2012 3:56:11 AM

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July 2, 2012 4:11:42 PM

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