View Full Version : Memory settings VS. FSB

01-14-04, 11:39 AM
i am thinking of overclocking my pc even more but i have a question... if i am to increase the FSB, i may have to loosen the memory timings...

question.. would my performance be better with 400 FSB and the high memory settings i have or would i be better off with 425 or higher FSB and looser memory settings?

01-14-04, 01:01 PM
I would assume that the higher fsb would give you more performance.

I had DDR 400 with super tight timings, now I have DDR 500 with very, very loose timings, and they really are about the same performance wise... I get a few more 3d marks in '01 but thats about it really.

01-14-04, 01:19 PM
There was an article published fairly recently that compared different types of DDR400 memory, from inexpensive CL3 through Corsair XMS CL2. The results showed a five percent difference or less across the board.

The higher FSB will give you better results, just make sure if you have DDR400 that you don't get too optimistic with your FSB settings. 425 is probably going to be too much, even if you dramatically loosen the timings. Start in 5 MHz increments and go from there.

01-14-04, 01:27 PM
i think i'll give it a try. thansk for the input

01-14-04, 01:31 PM
I agree some memory overclocks great others do not.