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Mushkin redline question

Hi. My brother wants to build a computer (he has no idea how, he's just been watching youtube videos) and wants to get the fastest ram possible. He managed to find the Mushkin Redline series, and saw that one of them had 12800mHz frequency. However, I don't think that's right.

http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Redline/992071-(4).aspx
992103 - 8GB DDR3 UDIMM PC3-12800 8-8-8-24 Redline

It says PC3 12800, but in the specs it also says 12800mHz. Can someone clarify this? Also, can someone explain to me (and my brother) what pc3 means? is it just a socket type?
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    PC3 12800 is DDR3 1600
    PC - theoretical bandwidth. More about RAMs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM
    Faster is not always better. Depending on the motherboard, try using the configurator for finding compatible kits: http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Configurator.aspx
    And since the memory controller is integrated into the CPU, it also matters when it comes to RAMs specs.
    Using RAMs speeds above the factory/recommended values implies higher temperatures, shorter components' life a.s.o.
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