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)
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.