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XDanger
01-31-07, 01:40 PM
What real difference does faster ram vs say 6400 ram have in gaming? Or is it just for bragging rights (nothing wrong with that)

http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/motherboards/article.php/10703_3639376__7
These benches show a slight decrease in performance with faster ram, Is that some kind of bios/chipset issue?

Am really just trying to justify my purchase of slower rated memory.

Xion X2
01-31-07, 02:38 PM
Speed isn't all that matters; you have to look at the memory timings, as well. From site:

Corsair DDR2-1066 (5-5-5-15), OCZ XTC DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12)

The OCZ has better timings, and hence, is slightly faster even at a lower clockspeed.

But when it comes down to it, as you see in the benchmarks, the difference between memory is minimal in performance. Sure, it makes a little difference, but compared to the video card, cpu, motherboard, etc it's very little. Just get the most affordable you can find w/ good speed + good timings. I would get at least DDR2 800 just to give you some headroom to overclock your processor.