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PC3 RAM - Does it really run at claimed speeds?

Hey everyone, I want to create a new gaming PC and I am having trouble deciding which RAM Manufacturer to go with. I want to use PC3-16000 on a 790i SLI Ultra Chipset with an Intel Quad Core and two NVidia 8800 GTS cards.

Combo sounds like a real blast, however, I have seen postings that some RAM manufacturers products do not actually run at claimed speeds. Has anyone used this high speed RAM and taken tests to see if it actually runs at these speeds? And if you have, which manufacturer was it, speed, etc..

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Actually the real gaming gains have been consistently

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From the best video solutions you can afford. I like this list ->,1965.html

"The graphics card landscape changed tremendously in June, with the introduction of the Geforce GTX 260 and GTX 280 cards, and ATI?s counterattack with the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870. And let?s not forget Nvidia?s counter-counterattack with the Geforce 9800 GTX+!"

"The Geforce GTX 280 is now the most powerful single video card that money can buy, usually beating out even the dual-GPU equipped Geforce 9800 GX2!"

I'd see where I get the real performance from today. Dual 8800 cards appear to be last years shiny new thing.

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Updated Video Cards...

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Thanks for this, will check your link out and the information provided. Really appreciate your input!


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yes, otherwise it couldn't make the claim

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pc3-12800 (ddr3-1600) is the top official speed and has widespread support. pc3-16000 (ddr3-2000) is ram that is certified to run at that *overclocked* speed on a ram tester. but that doesn't mean that every motherboard will be able to reach that speed using that stick. usually, some manual tweaking of the bios is required to get the ram up to its full potential. by default the ram will usually configure itself at the highest *official* ddr3 that the mobo is aware of (usually ddr3-1066 or ddr3-1333). that's why folks complain that the ram doesn't work as advertised.

since you're using a 790i chipset, look for ram that's "nvidia sli-ready with epp". epp embeds extra info in the spd so the motherboard can auto-configure itself to run the ram at its top speed.

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So what you are saying is...

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If I plan to overclock then go for the higher RAM Speeds, but if no overclocking just get the 1333MHz and/or PC3 10K.....

Thanks for your reply, really helps..


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