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Is 1600 mhz ram faster then 1333

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September 30, 2012 6:38:58 AM

Hello guys, i'm planning on building my first desktop, I am a 100% noob and was hoping for some help. A friend of mine bought an Intel DP67BGB3 and didn't use it so he sold it to me for a really good price. My question is about the Ram Memory, the specs say that I can use 1600MHz/1333MHz DDR3, but which one is better? 1600 or 1333? I plan on getting an i5-2500k. I also have a few other questions that I will get to later.
a b } Memory
September 30, 2012 6:44:45 AM

Although you probably wouldn't notice a difference, 1600 is faster - 1333 with lower latencies can be nearly as fast
September 30, 2012 8:32:04 AM

Half depends on the brand of ram.Noting the 100% noob thing,1600mhz ram might require manual clocking which might screw the Bios if your not careful.
So if i were you i would get the 133mhz ram.I have Kingston hyperX ram (2kit)1600mhz and clocked it too high, the results? not pretty i ended up not booting up so i had to remove one of my dimms because i did not have sufficient power.
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a b } Memory
September 30, 2012 1:30:50 PM

MF8461 said:
Half depends on the brand of ram.Noting the 100% noob thing,1600mhz ram might require manual clocking which might screw the Bios if your not careful.
So if i were you i would get the 133mhz ram.I have Kingston hyperX ram (2kit)1600mhz and clocked it too high, the results? not pretty i ended up not booting up so i had to remove one of my dimms because i did not have sufficient power.


Ram has two numbers the reflect speed. The speed of the ram described in double rate (for DDR3 ram) MHz - 1600, 1333 etc... The second number (actually a set of numbers) is the cas latency number which reflects a delay in the delivery of data - the lower the number(s), the quicker the ram. The brand of the ram has nothing to do with speed. If you get 1600MHz ram, it may run as 1333 but you'll have the option of lowering the timings (cas latency) or raising the speed to 1600 once you're comfortable in BIOS.
September 30, 2012 11:29:52 PM

MF8461 said:
Half depends on the brand of ram.Noting the 100% noob thing,1600mhz ram might require manual clocking which might screw the Bios if your not careful.
So if i were you i would get the 133mhz ram.I have Kingston hyperX ram (2kit)1600mhz and clocked it too high, the results? not pretty i ended up not booting up so i had to remove one of my dimms because i did not have sufficient power.


Can you tell me what you mean by "the 1600MHz might require manual clocking"? What would happen if I didn't? Sorry for the noob questions, but it helps me learn
a b } Memory
September 30, 2012 11:35:35 PM

Depending upon the motherboard, your ram may run at 1600MHz, or it may run at 1333MHz which is what MF meant by having to manual clock (if you want 1600MHz speeds) but that can always wait. Since you have a k processor, you will want to overclock sooner or later - you'll need to be somewhat familiar with your BIOS first.
September 30, 2012 11:51:30 PM

C12Friedman said:
Depending upon the motherboard, your ram may run at 1600MHz, or it may run at 1333MHz which is what MF meant by having to manual clock (if you want 1600MHz speeds) but that can always wait. Since you have a k processor, you will want to overclock sooner or later - you'll need to be somewhat familiar with your BIOS first.


Thank you, that's pretty much exactly what I wanted to know, I wanted to get a K processor so that I could overclock it after I learnt more about it, for now I just want to make sure the parts I choose are going to work with each other. Again, thank you.
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