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In Your Opinion, What Would be The Best DDR3 Ram?

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Ithinkwierdly

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In Your Opinion, What Would be The Best DDR3 Ram? I've search all over the internet for the best DDR3 ram. And yes i do know it's childish to ask a "Whats the Best question" But I'm curious about your opinion. What would be the best ram to you? Whether it be 800, 1333, 1600, or 2000? And if money wasn't an issue.
 

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If you are not overclocking, DDR3 1333 would be fine.
If you are overclocking, DDR3 1600 would be fine
If you are into extreme overclocking (think DI, LN2) and benching, DDR3 2000 would be best.
 

fire2havoc

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DDR3 1600 is considered the "sweet spot" for DDR3 and is enough for an overclock of around 4GHz, depending on the RAM multiplier used. I would go with DDR3 1600.
 

baditude_df

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Yep, if you're going to run stock , a nice low voltage DDR3-1600 kit with Cas 8 timings is a great bet no matter what.
You can usually run it at lower speeds with Cas7 or bump up to Cas9 and go as high as 1800MHz or beyond depending on the IC's and voltages used.

If you feel like doing a quick and easy overclock, The OCZ Platinum 1333Mhz 6GB kit is a really good value. Cas7 timings with 1T command rate at 1333Hhz or bump up to Cas8/1T for a rock solid 1600MHz at stock voltage of 1.65v. 1600MHz RAM for 1333HMz RAM price, can't beat it IMO. I think I paid $114CDN for my set, but you likely won't find them for anything less than $160 now.

For 1600MHz Cas8 without overclocking, I'd go for some G Skill Pi Blacks or the new Pi Blue low voltage series for price performance.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335
 
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Malakai

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I love Gskill 1.5v 1600. Either the regular flavor, or the Ripjaw funky heatsink ones. They both use the same chips and both should do 1600mhz @great timings, or up to 2000 with looser timings... both will req extra voltage. Price is a major factor here too as they are both right around 100, bit above in recent weeks.


Current memory prices make me cry, I was all set to upgrade to above cheaper mem and a ddr3 mobo, and they were +20 dollars compared to the last time I had checked a few weeks ago. I dont even want to see their prices now...
 

renol

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I can't figure out which one of these is better. I see the cas latency and timings are different but I don't know if the high one is better or if the lower the number is better?? Please help???


Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX - Retail
Cas Latency: 9
Timing: 9-9-9-27
Voltage: 1.65V
ECC: No
Buffered/Registered: Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit: Triple Channel Kit
Heat Spreader: Yes
Parts: Lifetime limited
Model #: KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX
Item #: N82E16820104118
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

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Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C8D3K3/6GX - Retail
Cas Latency: 8
Timing: 8-8-8-24
Voltage: 1.65V
ECC: No
Buffered/Registered: Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit: Triple Channel Kit
Heat Spreader: Yes
Parts: Lifetime limited
Model #: KHX1600C8D3K3/6GX
Item #: N82E16820104116
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
 

mattspalace

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There are no bests really, although i typically go for low timing DDR3-1600 because it's the stuff that's doing DDR3-2000 with looser timings. A bit more future proof..
 

baditude_df

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There are no bests really, although i typically go for low timing DDR3-1600 because it's the stuff that's doing DDR3-2000 with looser timings. A bit more future proof..

Absolutely.
Or, if you can find a good deal on loose stock timing DDR3-2000 like I did, you can run them at 1600 with Cas7 or 8 for 24/7 use while gaming etc. And if you ever require the headroom later on down the line, you know you have it.
 

Evilsizer

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For DDR2 it made a difference. For DDR3, there's no real-world difference, only in synthetic benchmarks.

that might have been true when your talking about off-die IMC's. with on die timings are more important, cpu time to ram will make things feel a bit snappier in a way. going from a Core 2 [email protected] to an i7 [email protected] with DDR3-1333 cas7. with XP the i7 the programs seemed to start up and run a bit faster/smoother then before.

It my be still some synthetic tests show the difference but when your talking time length. Faster/Lower is better, period...

I keep posting this for people with this question about Ram timings vs Ram speed.
How memory frequency affects latency - Tighter timings vs. Higher speeds?
It is a catch 22...
 

Evilsizer

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I thought that was the difference! ^^

And there is the testing I was looking for. Cool!

it isnt testing per say but White Paper talk on how one effects the other... really a good read even for being rather old, as you can see they included DDR3-1600 speeds at different timings.

Now the actual latency would be different based on the MC design. that would require testing of both AMD and INTEL i5/i7 platforms to get RW latency numbers.