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Do I need to worry about "timing" when installing new RAM?

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3 years ago#1
Got a new motherboard, forgot to check if my current RAM is compatible (it isn't) so now I need different RAM. Please do not direct me to a download site.

I know the DIMM type it needs but "timing" is stupid and confusing me. It's giving me numbers like 9-9-9-24, 9-9-9-28, 8-9-8-24, etc. What does that mean?
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3 years ago#2
You don't need to worry about those if you don't what they mean.
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3 years ago#3
what motherboard do you have?
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3 years ago#4
60secondAssasin posted...
what motherboard do you have?


ASUS M5A97.

In the manual it has these tables of compatible memory with stuff I don't really understand like "timing" and "DIMM socket support." I have a Phenom II x4, which uh... "uses" an AM3 socket in case you're not familiar with AMD architecture.
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3 years ago#5
oh I am very familiar with all AMD sockets and with that particular motherboard too. what ram do you have? I'm guessing you came from DDR2? this set should work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233202

timings won't matter so don't worry about it.
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3 years ago#6
No I have these Kingston sticks:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134927

Thank you for your recommendation. You trust the Corsair brand for memory?
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3 years ago#7
yes they are great for reliability and compatibility.
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3 years ago#8
Uhhh did you check the online manual? I just checked in the manual I have here at home and that specific model is not on that chart. Other 8G Corsairs are but not the XMS3.
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3 years ago#9
Timings are the latency of various stages of memory access, in cycles. They're important for compatibility between sticks, as well as voltage, but largely, speed and timings are not important otherwise for your average user.
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3 years ago#10
Well had to cancel that order and get a different set of sticks. Thanks for trolling me.
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