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Sandra unbuffered score better with CAS 2.5 vs 2

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Xymurgy

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Title basically says it all. I'm running 4x256 (please don't laugh) Mushkin 3500 black lvl2 @ 240fsb. With 2-6-2-2 timings I get 3350 unbuffered. At 2.5-6-2-2 I get 3440.

The scores were very close in 3dmark01 by about 20 points.

Should I get more comparisons? Is CAS 2.5 possibly better than CAS 2.0 in my system?
 

Speed_Mechanic2

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The differance is slight (either way) to none for CAS Latency while RAS-to-CAS remains at 2 on i875/i865 chipset boards. Performance differance of 20 points (1 FPS increase in High Detail - 2 FPS in Low Detail) in 3DMark01 is unnoticeable and is most likely caused by variations in each run. As long as your memory retains a tRCD of 2, performance shouldn't suffer.
 

everclock

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does that mean he should go with the 2.5 timings and try to push further if his ram is the limiting factor? Or just stick witht he 2?
 

hepp

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Typically tRCD is the limiting factor.
If 2,5-2-2-6 allows you higher FSB without loosing memory performance then go for it. But don't expect that it will go
much higher.

BTW: That is a stunning unbuffered score for FSB 240.
Good luck!