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Choice of RAM - 1600MHz vs 2400 MHz

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by SimpleCookie, Apr 29, 2015.

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2400 MHz CL11 vs 1600 MHz CL9

  1. 2400 MHz CL11

    37.5%
  2. 1600 MHz CL9

    62.5%
  1. SimpleCookie

    SimpleCookie Well-Known Member

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    So basically I want your opinion. I personally think 2400 MHz would be better but I'm not fully sure so that's where you come in, convince me it is or convince me otherwise.

    I am considering getting either 4x4 GB 1600MHz CL9 memories.
    Or. . I can choose 4x4 GB 2400MHz rams with CL11, but I'm not sure which to go for.

    The 2400 MHz ones would cost me about 100£ extra, but it could be worth it.
    I believe the latency isn't as important as the frequence but I don't have any underlaying motivation on to why.

    Any tips? Which would you go for and why?
     
  2. Aruffell

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    At that price difference, I guarantee you that you'd see no real world difference. Therefore I'd look at 1600MHz, or even 1866MHz if you can get it on a deal :)

    Andy
     
  3. darkness4518

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    Check out if the games you play get a fps rise from faster memory speeds. I'm not sure about some of the big new ones but battlefield had quite a significant performance increase from memory speeds.
     
  4. SimpleCookie

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    The thing is though, I do work quite a lot in Unity3D and will be working with Unreal Engine as soon as my Unity3D is done, so I do require quite fast RAM. My RAM is also almost always at 60% of more in the task manager, so I definitely need more storage (I currently got 8 GB), but in this case I believe, faster RAM would also decrease the need of the storage as it would make the pain of reloading new RAM easierm if that makes sense ;D

    It's a hard choice, but I'm also trying to look at it in a futuristic perspective, if I get the 1600 MHz I might have to upgrade within a year as well compared to if I get the 2400 MHz ones, they might last me longer ?

    Thanks, will do! I had a quick look before but I'll take a closer look again.
     
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    You'll probably find other components bottlenecking it.
     
  6. Djolovicl

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    I do own 2x8GB 2400MHz RAM, i tested it at every frequency i could to see if i could notice a difference. From 1333, 1600 up to 2400MHz, in game there was no noticeable difference at all, in benchmarks only a slight difference.
     
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    Alright .. I find it hard to believe other components would bottleneck though as I've got a SSD with 160k iOPS read and around 140 write now ..
    A i5 4690k CPU and a GTX 760, so they should be doing fine a while I believe.
    But perhaps the better choice is to go for the 1600 MHz option as it's smarter, and then later swap to DDR4 in a few years ?
     
  8. DmitriNabatov

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    In games there is no noticeable difference between 1333MHz, 1600MHz or even 2400MHz
    The cheaper the RAM the better
     
  9. Djolovicl

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    I would go for a cheaper option.
     
  10. Omar

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    Yes go for the cheaper, there is almost no difference in performance!
     
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    just stick with a better price option
    had quite an adventure myself, first by selling one pair patriot 2x4GB @1600 and purchasing 4x4GB kingston beast @2400
    I do some AfterEffects projects on this PC and thought it might at least affect preview times but realized no there's no real benefit :)
    though it was fun, it OCd real nice up to 2666mhz without changing the latency etc, but I guess besides OCing and some bench fun when it comes to ram the more the merrier, and also the cheaper the better I guess
    now I'm with 2x8GB corsair + one pair patriot 2x4GB @1600MHz I somehow managed to manually balance the timings and holding off until DDR4 prices drop, contemplating a x99 build most of the time :)
     
  12. stephen gardner

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    go for 2400MHZ.
     
  13. Badelhas

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    Which CPU are you using them with?

    Cheers
     
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    It's an old post.
    But I think I've got a I5 4690k CPU
    I've got 2x 4GB 1600 MHz overclocked to 1866 MHz ram and 2x 4GB 1866 MHz sticks.
    So that sums it up to 8 GB @1866 MHz
     
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    I didn't notice it, sorry. Cheers
     
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    Haha no worries, still fun to get a comment even if it's so late ;D
     
  17. LazzHaxx

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    I reckon 2400 MHz
     
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    Why would you go for 2400? From what I've seen RAM speed makes negligible difference and, considering the price hike for faster RAM, it makes more sense to get the slower option
     
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    Didn't know there was a difference, now know that there isn't much of a difference :)
     
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    The one that's cheaper. In gaming it makes barely any difference. Only when running virtual machines it can yield some benefits.
     

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