“As memory standards have changed over the years one thing has remained constant: the confusion that arises when trying to compare different memory speeds and timings. It’s been drilled into our heads again and again that faster speed is good, but so are lower timings, and unfortunately those two ends seem to move in opposite directions. The higher the memory goes in frequency, the greater number of cycles spent waiting before reading from or writing to it. Invariably the question always arises, which is better for my system?”
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
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- G SKILL Ripjaws F3-17066 CL7D 2133mhz (Sandybridge) Review @ Kitguru
- Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 1600MHz DDR3 4GB Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Kingston HyperX – KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX @ Bjorn3D
OCIA recently revisited the old conundrum, is it better to buy or overclock the frequency of your DIMMs as high as possible, or to stick with the lowest latency possible? It all comes down to the memory bandwidth, as these values are the variable which affect how many bits can flow through your RAM in a certain period of time. To make it easier on those just starting to delve into this topic, OCIA’s table of JEDEC specifications will help you on your way to picking the best RAM.