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    Memory Speeds

    I'm thinking about replacing my 4 sticks of 1Gb Corsair ram with 2x2Gb of the same, but was wondering what difference the CA timings make. I've currently got 4-4-4-12, would I notice the difference if I went to 5-5-5-18? Is the shorter timing worth the extra £9 or so that Scan are charging at the mo?

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    Well if it was me, and if your not planning to go to 8Gb at some point, I wouldnt bother changing it at all. Otherwise the timings wont have a noticable effect, unless you specifically set them in the bios I doubt that your current RAM is running at that anyhow. I wouldnt spend £9 on the timing change.

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    Like Hawker said. I wouldn't pay £9 more to get ram with slower timings
    Unless you wanted to get 8GB. The first number in the timings make the biggest difference and usually at PC2-6400 you want 4-4-4-12 and 5-5-5-15 is for speeds like PC2-8500.

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    or 4-4-4-12 at 1066Mhz if it will run

    I'm with the others though no point in spending money to go backwards unless you are having stability issues with 4 sticks or are planning on moving to 8GB.

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    Sorry, I think there may be a misunderstanding. The 4-4-4-12 is £9 more than the 5-5-5-18. I wasn't sure if a) going to 2 sticks rather than 4 would make a difference and b) if it's worth paying the extra to get the timings i've already got with my current setup...

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    Sorry, I think there may be a misunderstanding. The 4-4-4-12 is £9 more than the 5-5-5-18. I wasn't sure if a) going to 2 sticks rather than 4 would make a difference and b) if it's worth paying the extra to get the timings i've already got with my current setup...
    You're right I read it wrong
    But I would keep 4-4-4-12 timings on 6400 rams. 2 sticks would be good if you were going 8gb but if you aren't just stick with your 4GB for now.

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    personaly £9 for the tighter timeings :/ I'd say yes why not, may not be much better but it will not be worse.

    However I agree with most people here. No point in swapping 4x1gb for 2x2gb, unless you plan of going to 4x2gb
    The difference between 4x1gb and 2x2gb is nothing, so why pay to replace working parts with working parts?

    Actually depending on the age of the memory it's likely to be a downgrade, as the older pc6400 could overcock far better than current newer pc6400 memory.

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    Re: Memory Speeds

    Personally I don’t think you would notice any difference, and if you decided to over-clock to any extent then at some point slower timing will be beneficial so save the £9.

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