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Someone explain LATENCY to me

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Aug 13, 2002
I'm building my first system.... An Intel P4 3.0cGHz on an ABIT IC7-MAX3 based on doing alot of research I've done....

....now it's time for me to choose memory. I want to make educated choices.

Can someone point me to a really really good article / webpage the EXPLAINS memory latency, timings and all that junk I need to know when researching memory?!?!

FOR INSTANCE..... I don't understand when terms like latency/timings of 3-4-4-8 are listed.

Please help.... I have researched Mfgr webpages like Mushkin's and Corsair's and Kingston and none of them explain things very well.