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Is there anything to gain here?

Specs:

i5-3570k
Radeon HD 7870

I am going to be buying an 8GB kit of DDR3 1600 RAM soon. I do a lot of heavy gaming and some multi-tasking. I usually have Steam, Razer Synapse, Comodo, Avast, Fraps, and Firefox (multiple tabs) open at any given time, as well as games like Skyrim, Borderlands 2, StarCraft 2, and many others. I know I won't see much gain for anything over 4GB, but I was wondering if there would be any noticable difference between these two kits, when all factors are taken into account, including timings. I guess it also wouldn't hurt to be prepared for the future. My options are as follows:

2x8GB G.SKILL Trident X Series ($115)
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Timing 7-8-8-24

2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue ($45)
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Timing 9-9-9-24

Price isn't an issue for me. I just need to know if there will be any advantage.
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    Not enough to pay double. Lots of 2x8 gb kits starting at $60 at newegg. Some of boards won't even run the faster ram at the specified timings.
  2. o1die said:
    Not enough to pay double. Lots of 2x8 gb kits starting at $60 at newegg. Some of boards won't even run the faster ram at the specified timings.

    Thanks for the info. Does anyone have solid benchmarks to show me? I looked on Google for a good 30 minutes and couldn't find what I wanted. Perhaps my keywords sucked, but the best I could find seems to tell me you are correct, and the gains would be negligible.
  3. Best answer selected by jrgray93.
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