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Memory RAM voltages / speeds

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Booti, 26 Dec 2012.

  1. Booti

    Booti Member

    17 Jan 2011
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    Sorry, this may be a silly question, but i keep reading people saying that Intel SB and IB chips need RAM that runs at 1.5v
    As such i have Corsair Vengeance RAM installed and it works very well.
    However, i was looking to upgrade to something a little faster (which again i have people say anything over 1600Mhz is not worth it), but some of the upgrade kits i have checked on the makers websites are 1.65v

    So, Can you run 1.65v RAM with an IB chip?
    Do you get any performance increase using RAM faster than 1600Mhz please?

    Thanks in advance.
    (PS Mobo is currently a Gene IV, but will hopefully soon be changed to a Gene V)
  2. Showerhead

    Showerhead New Member

    11 Jan 2010
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  3. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

    16 May 2008
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    1.65v is fine

    You gain no performance gains outside of benchmarks from 1333mhz to 2400mhz real program's do not benifit from faster ram. Most program's don't even benifit from more than 2gb of ram.

    Bit tech have ran the games tests 2400mhz ram was slower than 1600mhz ram. By 2fps.

    Anandtech did a few tests on photo and video stuff was less than 1 second between the most expensive 2400mhz ram and the cheapest 1333mhz stuff. Cost dif was $700 between them.
  4. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

    23 May 2009
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    Most branded ram sets will run at 1.5V anyhow, regardless of their stated voltage. For instance, my Kingston set is rated for 9-9-9-24 1600MHz at 1.65V but runs happily at 10-9-9-24 1866MHz with only 1.5V.

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