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    Quick memory question

    Pay-day so finally have enough money to get the following:

    Asus P5Q-EM, Intel E6300.

    My question is about memory for that system (I'm not overclocking it) is it worth getting faster RAM or won't I really see any benefit for the extra cash?

    I'm looking on Scan at the 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered stuff - they've got:

    CAS 5-6-6-18 @ £48.13
    CAS 7-7-7-20 @ £51.58
    CAS 5-5-5-15 @ £53.64

    Then there's the Dominator stuff which goes up to £61.93 and £69.98.

    I'll be running router simulation stuff, VMs and maybe a bit of BF2 on occasion.....

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    Re: Quick memory question

    The cheapest stuff should be fine, theres only synthetic performance gains to be had really between the tighter/looser timed RAM.
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Quick memory question

    Nope you're looking at timeings there not speed.

    Tighter (smaller) timings will give a small performance increase, and slightly more than haveing faster memory.

    You may be confused by intel quad pumping the fsb number.
    i.e. the e6300 is listed as FSB 1066 MHz but in reality the motherboard fsb is 266mhz
    The speed DDR2 run is half it's listed speed, so that pc2-8500 runs at 533mhz

    Look for cheaper DDR2 pc2-6400 800mhz
    This is still going to be running faster than the cpu (you set the memory speed in the BIOS with the divider) but it's still the best price point for DDR2

    Depends what you currently have, if you've already got 2x1gb then another 2x1gb would probably be best
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/2GB-(...d-CAS-4-4-4-12

    or 2x2gb for £41
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1018761

    Or better still some Crucial Ballistix
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143844
    £42 for CAS4

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    Re: Quick memory question

    Ah - ok. I've not got anything at the moment so it'll be 4Gb from scratch.
    The Crucial Ballistix looks good but I did find a thread on here suggesting that Crucial seems to suffer quite a few more failures than others. CAS 4 versus 5 make enough difference for the risk?

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    Re: Quick memory question

    timings really don't make any difference to real world performance with C2Ds tbh. i'd say get a bog standard 800mhz pair if you're not going to be overclocking

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    Re: Quick memory question

    Standard 800 on route from Scan :-)

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