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Topic # 99513 20-Mar-2012 23:51
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Hi Guys, looking for high performance ram of 1600, 1800 or 2000mhz. Any amount 1gb through to 8gb or anything. Only need 1 stick as only have 1 more slot. Post what you got :)


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  Reply # 598898 23-Mar-2012 06:59
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Idealy you'd want to match what you have... What are you currently running?







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  Reply # 599034 23-Mar-2012 12:21
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Well, I'd swap out my 1gb for 2gb of differing ram. But I have 1gb 1800mhz Kingston HyperX CL8

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 599049 23-Mar-2012 12:35
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As a bit of a diversionary question what are the spec's of the rest of the pc, Are you running any specific applications or an Amd APU which will make use of the faster Ram? You may find that going for more lower speed (1333mhz) Ram will be more beneficial for you. There are very few cases now where there are noticeable performance increases by going to faster Ram.



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  Reply # 599058 23-Mar-2012 12:58
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I know it's a bit novelty, I don't know why I decided to really, but just for the heck of running ram faster! :) It's pretty sweet seeing your ram running at a steady 1800mhz. The rest of the PC specs and a photo for fun:

CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.0ghz dual core
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master V6 GT
Motherboard: Asus M4A78lt-m le
Hard drive: 500GB Sata 7200rpm
Graphics: MSI Nvidia Geforce 250GTS 1gb ddr3
Optical drive: Asus Quitrack DVD-RW
PSU:  430W ThermalTake PurePower
Case: ThermalTake Armor
RAM: 1GB 1800mhz Kingston HyperX

 

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  Reply # 599063 23-Mar-2012 13:07
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The RAM won't run at the listed speed - it's just a rating of how high a bus speed it's theoretically capable of handling. Reasonable quality RAM is usually stable to around 15-20% beyond its rated speed.

Anything beyond DDR3-1333 on that system would be wasted unless you're doing some extreme overclocking. That AM3 CPU only runs with a 1066Mhz bus by default.

Edit: Some boards do allow you to set higher RAM multipliers in which case you could probably do this to make use of faster RAM. Benefits aren't anywhere near as high as OC'ing the CPU though usually.
 




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  Reply # 599115 23-Mar-2012 14:17
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Given the specs of the rest of your machine, I suspect you'd find a much larger performance increase by simply putting more ram in it rather than worrying about high performance ram.




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  Reply # 599193 23-Mar-2012 16:23
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@Stevenz - You're right, I've adjusted the RAM multipliers and got my 1800mhz stick running at a stable 1600.

@Lias: I'll look in to the price difference.. I figured high performance would be a bit of a performance increase but perhaps I am wrong :-) 

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  Reply # 599266 23-Mar-2012 19:57
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danielm8: @Stevenz - You're right, I've adjusted the RAM multipliers and got my 1800mhz stick running at a stable 1600.

@Lias: I'll look in to the price difference.. I figured high performance would be a bit of a performance increase but perhaps I am wrong :-) 


Ram speed/timings etc generally make no more than a few percent difference on a system that's not bottlenecked in any other way. Your system is bottlenecked in other ways :-) I'd expect virtually no difference in perfromance results and no human noticeable diffrence at all.. Throwing another 4gb or even 2gb stick of virtually anything in there on the other hand is likely to do far more noticable things.




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  Reply # 599448 24-Mar-2012 14:13
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Well, thanks to advice here I've decided to go quantity over speed. I'm going to sell the 1800 and buy 2x 4gb of 1333 :)

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