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DDR3 1600 vs 2133 (and 2400?) for an in-memory database.

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November 24, 2012 11:09:46 PM

I'm building a high powered system that is going to be used as a database server (personal academic/research use, I don't need ECC or server cpus or anything), some tables having as many as 300 million rows (and 20+ GB of data). I need to squeeze out all the performance I can get, so I'm going to be getting 64 GB of ram and loading the entire database into memory.

Any idea whether there would be a large difference in performance (in my case that would be query times, even shaving off fractions of a second per query would make a big difference) between these kits?

They are all G.SKILL Ripjaws Z series, DDR3 1600, 2133, and 2400:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (1600, CAS 10, 10-10-10-30, $315)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2133, CAS 11, 11-11-11-31, $700)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2400, CAS 10, 10-12-12-31, $700)
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November 25, 2012 10:25:41 AM

The difference in MHz doesn't make a notable difference in performance. I'd go with the 1600MHz one because it's much cheaper
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