Is there any point in buying ram faster than DDR3 1600?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by weaveR, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. weaveR

    weaveR MDL Member

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    Hi I was wondering if there is any point in buying ram faster than DDR3 1600?

    LGA2011 CPU's seem to only support that speed as the maximum but motherboards claim they can support faster speeds.

    Would this mean the CPU would bottlekneck ram faster than DDR3 1600?
     
  2. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Plan to overclock, if not then the benefit is minimal.
     
  3. weaveR

    weaveR MDL Member

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    But even if you did overclock how would the speed be any faster than what the CPU can handle anyway?
     
  4. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    As of now from numerous reviews, there is little to be gained from buying >1600 if the price difference is more than marginal. Better to spend on other things.
     
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  5. weaveR

    weaveR MDL Member

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    Right 1600 it is.

    I've also read that you shouldn't use ram that uses more than 1.5 volts being the ram may either underclock to use only 1.5 volts which causes the ram to run at a slower speed or your CPUs memory controller may get damaged so I'll have to be careful which memory I buy.