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RAM upgrade 2666mhz >> 3200Mhz

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Hi All,

I am looking at upgrading my RAM, I currently have 16GB 2666mhz, should I just add another 16GB 2666Mhz and save money, or is it worth it to stretch and buy 32GB 3200Mhz ram? Would the additional spend justify the performance boost?
 

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I have learned to stop trusting reviews/videos online, but have done the physical test myself. Had both 2x8 2666 and 2x8 3200 and there was no increase in approximately 10 different benchmarks. That being said... what is the rest of your system specs? And also, performance boost in what specific? Gaming vs ??
 

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May increase like 1 or 2 fps the speed boost. So not really worth it at all.

Do you need 32gb?

I have just OC'd my 2666 to just over 3000
 

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Im rocking 2400, anything higher is a sham.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback guys, any bump in gaming performance is always a plus, also I do mobile dev and run multiple android emulators so wanted more ram, but thought while I am at it is it worth up-ing the Mhz. so by no means do I feel my current system in game is an issue. up-ing my ram is driven from the need for my emulators. but I though if I am buying more let me ask the question

below are my specs:
Intel Core i7 8700K Overclocked 4.8GHz GeForce GTX 1080 Ti / 16 2666Mhz ram / 500GB SSD.

Upgrading my SSD to NVME,

also going to send my 8700k out for deliding
 

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You should see improvement in games that aren't graphic intensive and require a very high frame rate (300+ fps).

For example with your setup you should see noticeable fps increases in CSGO, however other more graphic intensive games where you going to be pushing between 60 and 160 fps you not going to see any real improvement 1 or 2 fps at most.

Personally I won't say its worth the extra money to upgrade to 3200Mhz from the 2666Mhz simply just add another 16GB and try overclock it as high as it can go xD
 

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Upgrading my SSD to NVME,
Will change your life.

What motherboard you got? Why not try overclocking? I got my 2400 to 3066 @ 16CL
 

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Will change your life.

What motherboard you got? Why not try overclocking? I got my 2400 to 3066 @ 16CL
My additional NVME added nothing noticeable in terms of performance for me... 🤷‍♀️
 

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Well from my personal rig I have CL17 4000mhz , and my man coming from 2866mhz cl 16 and yes I fully agree you dont get better maximum fps but boy oh boy you get a lekker boost to your minimum fps which in turns keeps the gap between minimum and maximum smaller thus smoother gameplay.

I would recommend you to do it , ONLY if you can get it in the lowest CL latency , otherwise it would yeild no performance increase.

For example CL14 3200 mhz is faster then CL19 4000mhz
But CL 17 4000mhz is faster then CL 14 3200mhz

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use the below calculation to figure out where you are , and if the new ram is actually faster.
(CL/(freq-in-MHZ) * 1000) = timing in ns

Hope it helps.

P.s I would recommend you to chase ram only if your rocking top tier hardware so for your build definitely !
 

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Will change your life.

What motherboard you got? Why not try overclocking? I got my 2400 to 3066 @ 16CL
Here is my full spec:
Intel Core i7 8700K Overclocked 4.8GHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Corsair H115i PRO Liquid cooling
Antec 700W 80+ High Performance Power Supply
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon Intel 8th Gen Motherboard
16GB DDR4 2666Mhz High Performance Gaming RAM
500GB SSD

I will try tonight, I overclocked CPU but can't remember if I did ram.
 

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You should see improvement in games that aren't graphic intensive and require a very high frame rate (300+ fps).

For example with your setup you should see noticeable fps increases in CSGO, however other more graphic intensive games where you going to be pushing between 60 and 160 fps you not going to see any real improvement 1 or 2 fps at most.

Personally I won't say its worth the extra money to upgrade to 3200Mhz from the 2666Mhz simply just add another 16GB and try overclock it as high as it can go xD
Think I will do just that. Thanks for your reply
 

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Sorry for your loss
Thanks for making me actually look into this a bit more...

Apparently my board can't support the 960 at even half its speed.... :confused: Guess my platform upgrade is WAY overdue...
 

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Well from my personal rig I have CL17 4000mhz , and my man coming from 2866mhz cl 16 and yes I fully agree you dont get better maximum fps but boy oh boy you get a lekker boost to your minimum fps which in turns keeps the gap between minimum and maximum smaller thus smoother gameplay.

I would recommend you to do it , ONLY if you can get it in the lowest CL latency , otherwise it would yeild no performance increase.

For example CL14 3200 mhz is faster then CL19 4000mhz
But CL 17 4000mhz is faster then CL 14 3200mhz

- Video link


use the below calculation to figure out where you are , and if the new ram is actually faster.
(CL/(freq-in-MHZ) * 1000) = timing in ns

Hope it helps.

P.s I would recommend you to chase ram only if your rocking top tier hardware so for your build definitely !
Thank man, Have some thinking to do
 

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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon Intel 8th Gen Motherboard

I will try tonight, I overclocked CPU but can't remember if I did ram.
Plenty of overclock-ability with that. Check how far you can push your RAM. I'd say start at 3000Mhz CL 16, and bump up the speed one increment at a time running a stress test like cinebench inbetween. As soon as it bombs or your PC goes into a bootloop and back into the bios then change it down to the previous speed and start dropping the timings. My MSI board had some preset timings which I used, Try-it or try-me or something in the bios. I'm using a B350 with Ryzen and Ballistix RAM which I get the impression overclocks better
 

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Plenty of overclock-ability with that. Check how far you can push your RAM. I'd say start at 3000Mhz CL 16, and bump up the speed one increment at a time running a stress test like cinebench inbetween. As soon as it bombs or your PC goes into a bootloop and back into the bios then change it down to the previous speed and start dropping the timings. My MSI board had some preset timings which I used, Try-it or try-me or something in the bios. I'm using a B350 with Ryzen and Ballistix RAM which I get the impression overclocks better
Thanks, man, will definitely do that.
 

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Okay strange, I was convinced I bought 2666Mhz ram when I bought my rig, but looking this morning it appears to be
Kingston HX434C19FB2/8 HyperX Fury 8GB 3466MHz :eek:
 

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