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CPU and RAM overclock questions

Discussion in 'Die-hard Overclocking & Case Modifications' started by SentinelAeon, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. SentinelAeon

    SentinelAeon Master Guru

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    Hello friends :)

    Still a happy i5 2500k user here, not giving up anytime soon :) So i decided i will tweak my sistem a bit and never thought much about ram, mainly just did cpu overclocking. But look at this video:



    Ram speed does matter it seems ! What i would like to say upfront is that games are not my main target, i usualy play older games. My main target is windows enviroment - i want it as snappy as possible: internet browsing, youtube, multiple tabs, winrar and other extracting, etc.

    I only have 4gb 1300Mhz ram right now. I figured i need at least 8gb to be happy, i am near the limit. So i need you to help me decide the way to upgrade it:

    1) buy another 4gb stick - means i get around very cheap but 4gb stick will lose value faster than 8gb, also i am limited to 1300Mhz, speed of my existing stick

    2) buy 8gb stick and sell 4gb stick - 8gb stick will keep its value longer and also i can buy higher speed than 1300Mhz. But, BUT, how will speed compare between 2x4gb vs 1x8gb ? Single vs dual channel ?

    I have asus p8z77-v lx motherboard, its supposed to support up to 2400Mhz memory (OC)
    bonus questions: 1) are ram timings important at windows snappiness or should i just go for frequency overclock ? No matter what speed of ram i will buy, i will overclock it further.
     
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  3. Undying

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    If you settle for 8gb better stick with dual channel. Maybe sell your 4gb and buy a 2x4gb 2133mhz, sandy does not support 2400.

    I had 2500k heavily overclocked before i got this 3930k. Difference is massive. System is just much more responsive and faster in every day use as well as gaming.
     
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    I bought Kingston 2400MHz ram for my 2500K because it was less than the price of 2133MHz at the time.
    Its worth looking out for bargains that are faster, they can always run slower and maybe get faster timings.
    As pointed out 2x4GB is better than a single 8GB.
    Its worth getting faster ram and selling your current 4GB.
     

  5. SentinelAeon

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    Ok i need a suggestion now, i would be happy of some benchmarks aswell to prove your point. It came down to 2 choices:

    1) 1x8gb 1600Mhz
    2) 2x4gb 1333Mhz

    Obviously i will overclock either choice. I found that faster ram helps i5 2500k a lot. But i didnt find any good benchmark of i5 2500k single vs dual channel
     
  6. Undying

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    Dual channel is always way to go even if its lower frequency.
     
  7. SentinelAeon

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    Ok, dual channel it is. I might go and try to overclock that ram, see how good it overclocks. Is 1.65V still kind of "safe" for ram ? 1.5V is default.
     
  8. Undying

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    Yeah try not to go above 1.65v, it should be max safe voltage.
     

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