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basic

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I just want to get some ram, how much better is the ocz stuff compared to the mushkin, i wont be pushing past 210 really and want the best timings, but also want to not spend all of my money.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-290&depa=1
thats the mushkin, $249

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-983&depa=1
and the ocz eb, $305

i know the EB is better ram, but for what i am doing i dont think i need it, i'm interested in this mushkin right now.... unless any of you can steer me away from it :)

thanks
 
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basic

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mobile 2500+ @ 2.4 w/ 1.76v (anything less doesnt prime stable)
abit nf7-s v2 w/ l12 mod
radeon 9700 pro
sp97 w/ panaflo 92mm fan
 

Gautam

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The EB will beat out the level in timings and speeds. There's no question that it's better memory. Mushkin 222 Special is a much better contender for OCZ EB. Between EB and Level 1, I'd take the EB in an instant, especially for only $20 more.
 

ap673

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I'm in the same seat as you basic. I'm pretty much looking for a gig of some good ram that can run cas2 at ddr400. But I also want a little headroom for overclocking, atleast to ddr433 spec with cas2.5. This is what i've been looking at so far->

OCZ PC3200EL $245
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-883&depa=0

OCZ PC3500 Performance Series $220 http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-950&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

OCZ PC3200EB $270
http://www.excaliberpc.com/product_...roducts_id=3450

Muskin PC3200 Lvl 1 $250
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-290&depa=1

I've narrowed it down to OCZ PC3200EB or OCZ PC3500 Peformance Series. I just can't pick between the two, I dont know if the PC3200EB is worth $50 over the PC3500 PS. Since the PC3500 is already rated at ddr433, you can probably get alteast ddr450 with the same timings. The EB can probably do ddr466 with the same timings, but it just depends on how hardcore of an overclocker you are. For me, I really don't wanna do more than ddr450, so I can just go with PC3500 PS and save money.
 

Gautam

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The 3200EB is worth every penny, IMHO. The IC's used in it are the same as the ones used in the 3700EB. They can run both tight timings and high speeds as necessary. You'll thank yourself in the end for spending the few extra bucks.
 

RedScare

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im in the same situation too. there are just too many options to choose from, i cant decide. i guess im curious as to how much performance difference there is for the price...cause the mushkin lvl 1 3200 seems like the best deal at $250, but i dunno if its really worth it to spring the extra $25 and get the OCZ EB3200. and just how big a performance jump would one see between the 3200 and the 3500 EB? enough to warrant the extra $30? if i was only gonna push my fsb to 230 or so?

i also could probably get some Mushkin Level 1 Black PC3500 for about $250. how would that compare to the OCZ sticks?

lots of questions i realize...hope someone can provide some insight :)
 

ap673

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Ya i think you're right, its worth it in the long run to throw down for better performance. Especially because im keeping these modules for my A64 machine next year. I think i'm ganna do the same thing base, pc3200EB
 

man_utd

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I guess I got lucky with my mushkin. It loves voltages, and is rock stable at 2-2-2-6 with 3.0v at 215fsb. (this mobo does not have an option for 5 instead of 6)
 

Gautam

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Some people do get lucky with CH5. My CH5 went up to 228, but with 11-3-2-2 timings. However, tightening the tRCD down to 2 was impossible until I got down to 190MHz or so. This is more like "normal" CH5. The tRCD does make a difference in plenty of benchmarks, which is why people go nuts over BH5 and the like.

ap673, I would keep the BH6 if I were you. CH5 would most likely be a downgrade for you. Maybe one stick of Mushkin 222 special to complement it.
 

ap673

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PC2700 BH-6 is better than the OCZ EB stuff? What?! I can't really go over 2.9v on the NF7-S because i'm not doing vdimm mod though.
 

Gautam

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No, I meant that the BH6 is better than the CH5. But if you keep using your BH6, it will hold the OCZ back some MHz. But IMHO, it may not be worth the time or effort to get rid of your BH6; just keep using it. It performs much better than people give it credit for even without a voltmod.
 

dumbfish

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also could probably get some Mushkin Level 1 Black PC3500 for about $250. how would that compare to the OCZ sticks?

lots of questions i realize...hope someone can provide some insight
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god im in this boat as well except i want to try for 425-430 fsb on my nf-7 coming in the mail tomorrow