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RAM - DDR3 1600

You know what I generally do NOT see very much of ANYWHERE?  Folks doing builds with 1600s.  It seems to be 1333 this, & 1333 that.  What gives?   Two days until I begin my new box - happily with 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1600.  I am excited.  Anyone else?!   Jason   .  

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Written on {{'2010-11-10T06:50:38-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Just read the benchmarks after searching with google.. The higher end Intel chips get much bigger benefits from having DDR3-1600 than the AMD chips.. They're also a ton more expensive as well.  Intel has dominated the high-end CPU market for years now.

 

Written on {{'2010-11-10T06:19:33-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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So in a very quick nutshell - today's 1600 - 1800 - 2000s, etc R3 - can only really be unleashed by an Intel?

Tech has always befuddled me in weird ways ...

 

Jason

 

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Then even the latest & greatest Phenom II X4 & X6s will basically never have support for 1600?  Why does that just not sound right, ... @ least to me ...?

 

[/quote] it supports it if you manually set it but it's pointless.. The RAM is so fast, especially when run in dual-channel that you're not going to see any benefit over DDR3-1333.. That's all. The internal memory controller in all Phenom IIs runs at 1333 stock and even that is overkill. You can go ahead and overclock the memory controller to DDR3-1600 Mhz and yield a 0.5% performance boost.  You'd get FAR more performance overclocking the rest of the CPU to godly levels and still not be bottlenecked by the memory controller in the chip even when run at stock DDR3-1333.

 Though I'm not saying it's a waste to get DDR3-1600 as the next gen AMD chips coming out Spring 2011 will have memory controllers in them that are clocked at 1600 stock..  Though it would be yet to be seen whether it's really going to make much of a difference.

A lot of people still have no comprehension of how fast DDR3 RAM is.. It's ridiculously fast..  DDR3-1333 can transfer data at 10.667 gigabytes per second.  Your bottleneck will always be the slow AMD CPUs. until AMD brings out the new chips in Spring 2011.. And even then, it's still likely the CPUs will be the slowest part.

Written on {{'2010-11-10T01:40:10-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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There's the added detail that very few systems, AMD or intel, support DDR-1600 at native (auto detect) speed, but you can always try to overclock (manually set faster in BIOS) to 1600 MHz memory speed.
Written on {{'2010-11-10T00:14:15-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Then even the latest & greatest Phenom II X4 & X6s will basically never have support for 1600?  Why does that just not sound right, ... @ least to me ...?

 

Thnx,

 

J.

Written on {{'2010-11-09T03:56:38-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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The current gen AMD CPUs are not fast enough to see any benefit from memory faster than DDR3-1333... DDR3 just came out recently and it will be 6-12 months before AMD CPUs are out that would benefit at all from the faster DDR3 memory.  As far as Intel goes,  I've seen a lot of people building higher end systems with DDR3-1600..

 

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