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 Post subject: DDR3/1600...Why do most builds use this memory
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:35 pm 
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DDR3/1600...Why do most builds (for instance MPC issue February 2013 performance build)use this memory, why not DDR3/1866 or DDR3/2133?


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 Post subject: Re: DDR3/1600...Why do most builds use this memory
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:37 pm 
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DD3-1600 isn't that more expensive than 1333 and you get very little performance improvements benefits going any faster. Some games and programs improve (you can look up one on games at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mem ... ,3409.html ), but is it worth paying something like 25%-75% more for <5% performance?


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 Post subject: Re: DDR3/1600...Why do most builds use this memory
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:03 am 
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IMO, that's all any general build needs. The bandwidth DDR3-1600 allows should never be a bottleneck even for the fastest CPU out there and why having higher speed binned memory is moot. Now if you're overclocking and tweaking for that every millimeter of performance (for whatever reason that is), then 1866-2000 opens those options up; but then again they have unlocked "K" processors to utilize far before having to move from the 1600Mhz reference point.

In my 2500K build w/ 2133Mhz Mushkin (997015), there's very little difference on it's top/stable CPU OC than 1866Mhz units could even offer. I'm even betting I could toss dated 1600 OCZ's in that thing, get the same OC, and lose very very little as far as memory bandwidth is concerned. There's just not a logical and valid point for higher binned modules until someone actually taxes the things and finds a fault; And that won't be gaming anytime soon, even with Crysis 3.

Memory is cheap currently so paying $10 more for 1866 vs 1600 sounds viable, but I'd rather spend that on capacity currently. DDR3 prices are going to climb in 2013 and we'll start to worry more about speed vs. capacity as the year plays out. Haswell's going to hit the streets, people are going to tweek those boxes, and I'm betting that they'll still find DDR3-1600 is just fine in those builds. It's just a happy spot.


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