View Full Version : Core2 Quad RAM: faster or tighter timings?

03-10-08, 12:53 PM
I have a Core2 Quad 6600 not overclocked and 2x 2gb or OCZ RAM in dual channel. Oddly my Vista WEI score for RAM is only 5.6.

Anyways, what is honestly better for performance: running the RAM at the rated 800mhz with 5-5-5-15 timings, or dropping it to be in sync with the FSB and using tighter timings?

I am new t the Intel world and I knew that the Athlons always enjoyed tighter timings and RAM running in sync with the FSB/on-die memory controller. However, I also know that P4 CPUs loved bandwidth. I don't know about Core2 and Quads.

03-10-08, 02:53 PM
if thats the ocz gold you might be lucky to do anything with them that isn't the listed spec but you never know.

03-10-08, 04:22 PM
There're a lot of technical stuff that you should consider.

I suggest this reading to all the users interested in fine tuning:

Hope this helps :)

03-10-08, 07:40 PM
It doesn't really matter for me. I have my timings as tight as a nuns ass and my clocks at stock 800MHz with my CPU at 3.6GHz. 6 hours orthos stable.

03-10-08, 09:02 PM
I tend to lean towards higher clocks. However, I always leave the memory linked with the FSB speed, so it is simply a matter of the physical limitations of the ram.

03-11-08, 09:13 PM
Tighter timings pulled my ram up from 5.7 to 5.9 Vista WEI score. went from 5-5-5-15 to 4-4-4-12

03-12-08, 10:39 PM
Thats odd I have crappy kingston ram and I had a 5.9 in memory haha

03-12-08, 10:44 PM
I run mine 1:1 with tight timings which seems to give better performance than higher clocks. My timings are 4-4-4-10 1T and I think the clock is about 875MHz.