The overpayment for a little timing rate doesn’t worth it

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Category: PC Hardware
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Date: 2014-05-02

When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work, I wanted all work applications to open and run very fast. Having a fast chip and SSD is not enough, you also need fast RAM. However my motherboard could support only standard frequencies of DDR3 1600. So, after a short cogitative pause I decided to look for differences between different RAMs of equal frequency rates. Some companies ask to pay more than their competitors for some RAMs.

It turned out that the lower timing rate the higher price, so I had chosen RAM with the lowest timing rate CL9, two bars of 8 GB each, working in pair. We have been using them in the second computer for work for several months already. I can say that there is no difference between CL9 and CL11; I have cheap RAM in my first computer for work, and Kingston’s RAM, by the way. It is of the same line as the new RAM, so I couldn’t find any differences by eye. However I concede and know that it is quite possible to find differences with some synthetic tests, surely the RAM with CL9 rate will be 1-2% faster, but you will not find it out in real life. So I do not recommend overpaying for useless things, if only you are going to assemble a powerful gaming computer. The difference will be noticeable only with higher frequency rates. All in all I don’t recommend it because of the price – it is useless to pay such money. However I cannot say anything bad about the work of the RAM, everything runs perfectly.

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