Can RAM bottleneck CPU and/or GPU ?

I am curious if RAM (specifically 2 different brands ) can bottleneck CPU and GPU performance while gaming ? I have two separate brands currently and they seem to have a low DRAM frequency. I have an AMD FX 6200 and and OC HD 7850 (1GB) which I dont think hinder one another but I think the RAM might be causing me fits.......anyone out there help me out ?
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  1. Can you post which RAMs you are using and their specs. Also the motherboard specs will help to answer.
  2. Thanks I will look at the article.

    My Mobo is a M5A97 EVO RAM is

    1. PNY PC3-10700 (667 Mhz) 4096 MBytes
    2. Kingston PC3-10700 (667 Mhz) 4096 MBytes
  3. why are you using ddr2..
  4. You'll be fine with this.You could see if you can make it run at 1600 (2x800).The higher speeds aren't going to make a huge difference though,maybe a few fps if your lucky.
    You're already lucky that these different sticks work together.
  5. Big question is what is your DRAM running at, you have 1333 sticks, check in CPU-Z and see what it shows for frequency in the memory tab - should be 667 (DDR is Double data rate so 667 x 2 = 1333 effective), if it's at 533 then you are running at 1066....If at 1333, then 1600 wouldn't really be a large improvement, very slight, though itf running at at 1066 then 1600 would be a bigger improvement, though if you are at 1066 would try and get the sticks to play at 1333
  6. Does he really need new RAM? 1600mhz is till totally fine for games as long as you have above 8GB of it really.
  7. Wayfall said:
    Does he really need new RAM? 1600mhz is till totally fine for games as long as you have above 8GB of it really.


    EDIT just seen this post was from 2014. Please dont answer a 3 year old post
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