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    Default G skill overclocking

    Hello again,

    I have purchased 4 x 2gb ddr3 dual channel memory for my build and am wondering if anyone has experience over-clocking these modules? I also want to ask a random question, is it worth it? will I see a significant performance increase if I had overclocked the memory from 1333 stock speed to 1600 OC speed? (f3-1066cl8d-4gbhk @ 1.5 v)

    Im running an i5 4670k on a asus z87 pro motherboard with a 500 watt power supply. I have read a few guides and understand the very basics of over-clocking, but Im scared to just jump into it like I did with my first overclock. I actually attempted to change a bios setting to enable xmp, and win would not boot. Am I correct to assume that xmp has to do with Corsair memory only? will xmp mode work with these modules? will xmp alone at stock speed give me an increase of performance?

    All in all, I watched a video about memory over-clocking and it seems the differences are rather small (between the speeds). thus, Ive come to the pros with these questions. Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated! thanks again@
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    Default Re: G skill overclocking

    If you can get those modules to 1600, it would probably be worth it at that level. That being said, if you have to loosen the timings too much, it may not be worth it. I'd recommend trying it, testing it and see if you have any headroom without any voltage increases. It'll be safer that way and if you get stable, then it's totally worth it. Use something like PCMark or Memtest to get some before and after benchmarks too. That'll help with deciding if the overclock was worth it.
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    Default Re: G skill overclocking

    Unless you run particular types of programs, in the greater scheme of things the answer to this part of your question:

    "I also want to ask a random question, is it worth it? will I see a significant performance increase if I had overclocked the memory from 1333 stock speed to 1600 OC speed? (f3-1066cl8d-4gbhk @ 1.5 v)"

    ...is NO.

    A rig that is highly overclocked in the memory department will likely not be noticed by the user as being faster so a small overclock is unlikely to yield any noticeable benefit. Sure there may be a few things that will take advantage of faster settings but significant?.... probably not


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    Default Re: G skill overclocking

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Unless you run particular types of programs, in the greater scheme of things the answer to this part of your question:

    "I also want to ask a random question, is it worth it? will I see a significant performance increase if I had overclocked the memory from 1333 stock speed to 1600 OC speed? (f3-1066cl8d-4gbhk @ 1.5 v)"

    ...is NO.

    A rig that is highly overclocked in the memory department will likely not be noticed by the user as being faster so a small overclock is unlikely to yield any noticeable benefit. Sure there may be a few things that will take advantage of faster settings but significant?.... probably not


    Yeah, that's pretty much why I gave up trying to overclock my RAM. I was figuring it out but it was turning into a lot of work for no noticeable return.
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    Default Re: G skill overclocking

    If your memory is this model:

    F3-1066CL8D-4GBRM
    DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 2GBx2
    SPD CL8-8-8-24 1.5v
    you can try to OC to 1600MHz in the BIOS, loosing a bit the timings (9-9-9-27), without touching the voltage. If post you can tray adjusting the timings closest to the factory settings, or you can try leaving the timings as is and rising the voltage. Either way you'll not notice the gaining in improvements over the 1333MHz in real scenario (not benchmarks).
    Last edited by Smiki007; 11-04-2014 at 09:20.

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    Default Re: G skill overclocking

    hmm, ok ill just leave it stock. :P ty all!
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