What I said was that memory timings have just as big an effect on performance as frequency does. What this means is that DDR3 1333 running at 7-8-7-24 is going to perform better than DDR3 1600 running at 9-9-9-24. However, DDR3 1333 @ 7-8-7-24 will perform slightly worse than DDR3 1600 @ 8-8-8-24. It's not completely linear.
The frequency compensates for the latency slightly. So the higher the frequency the higher you can raise the latency without it affecting performance.
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This ram is going to dominate almost everything else. The reason for this is that EVEN if your motherboard can't run this ram at its rated speed and timings, the ram itself is capable of the high frequency / low timings. This means you can lower the frequency and timings together. DDR3 2500 @ cl9 should run DDR3 1600 @ cl6 or maybe even a little tighter.
This isn't as easy as I make it sound. The subtimings have a big impact on ram stability, and they go along with the 4 most known timings. When people say 5-5-5-15 or 8-8-8-24 that's not even half of the picture. To really take advantage of high performance memory you have to have an intimate knowledge of memory timings, or be willing to spend a lot of time playing with subtimings to figure it out.
Originally Posted by mattk1045
was it Rich? well then you know its right lol
As much as I love reading this, sometimes I'm wrong. I try to only speak up when I have an idea of what I'm talking about but some times I goof up.
If you want to look up to someone for knowledge of hardware look up to Apokalipse.