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How important is RAM speed?

Title says it all. Getting an upgrade soon, wondering if the extra speed is worth it
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  1. All current AMD and Intel CPUs do fine with DDR3 1600. The only place you see real gains from going over that is with an APU. Also it might be worth cosidering if building a professional video editing machine since the very small gains would pay for themselves over time. For gaming there is no difference at all.
  2. If you are looking at a general performance PC, it has little to no effect. In real world applications, you won't see a difference.In benchmarks you will though.
  3. bigcyco1 said:
    If you are looking at a general performance PC, it has little to no effect. In real world applications, you won't see a difference.In benchmarks you will though.


    Maybe like a .5-1% increase in performance in some applications... not worth the extra money lol.
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    bigcyco1 said:



    ^ That article no longer holds up as all Intel CPUs from the first gen core i series have had an integrated memory controller. Things mattered more in the Core2 era due to the motherboard controlling the RAM.

    This is a much better article. Ivy Bridge performs very much the same.

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1
  5. anort3 said:
    ^ That article no longer holds up as all Intel CPUs from the first gen core i series have had an integrated memory controller. Things mattered more in the Core2 era due to the motherboard controlling the RAM.

    This is a much better article. Ivy Bridge performs very much the same.

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1
    Thanks for link i agree. :)
  6. killerhurtalot said:
    Maybe like a .5-1% increase in performance in some applications... not worth the extra money lol.
    Never said it was worth the extra money.But if you can get it for the same price no reason not to imo. ;)
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