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RAM OC questions

#1Fear The ClownPosted 2/10/2014 1:38:33 PM
RAM OCing is probably the only thing I have never touched in regards to tweaking system performance. I'm curious if anyone has any personal experience doing it and if afterwards they felt like it was worth it. I'm currently running an i7-4770k@4.2ghz and a stock GTX 760 that I will occasionally OC when playing a couple of games but typically run at stock for right now(Max Payne 3 for instance I do a very small overclock to push me from mid 50s FPS to maintain a steady 60FPS).

The RAM I'm running is Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 XMP Profile that puts timings at 9,9,9,27 . Here is the product link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262 .

I typically use Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for my OCing but my BIOs does have all of the available options for OCing as well.

At the worst if someone could point me towards an OCing guide for RAM that would be great as well as I would like to add this experience to my knowledge base even if I end up just sticking to the XMP profile. Thanks in advance for any help.
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i7-4770k@4.2GHZ | L337 GAMING Z87H3-A3X | GTX 760 2GB | 8GB DDR3
#2MasterDonGeroPosted 2/10/2014 1:46:23 PM(edited)
Why do you want to OC your RAM?
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3570K (4.5 GHz) | Dual-X 7970 | ASRock Z77 OC Formula | Corsair Vengeance 2x 4 GB | WD Black 1 TB | Corsair TX750 | XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit | NZXT Phantom
#3Fear The Clown(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 1:51:32 PM
Primarily to have the experience and knowledge of having done it and how to do it. Secondly, I know the FPS gains are negligible/debatable depending on who you ask so I'm curious to see it for myself first hand.
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i7-4770k@4.2GHZ | L337 GAMING Z87H3-A3X | GTX 760 2GB | 8GB DDR3
#4MasterDonGeroPosted 2/10/2014 2:33:24 PM
RAM OCs are more complicated than your graphics card or CPU. Be aware that certain clocks can't be held without raising the timings, and there is a certain point where raising the clocks and timings together is basically moot.

This is mildly relevant: http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Breaking-the-Hype-of-High-Frequency-RAM-142/
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3570K (4.5 GHz) | Dual-X 7970 | ASRock Z77 OC Formula | Corsair Vengeance 2x 4 GB | WD Black 1 TB | Corsair TX750 | XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit | NZXT Phantom
#5Fear The Clown(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 2:41:59 PM
Interesting link thank you. I wasn't aware of the fact that you higher ram frequency usually resulted in increased timings. That definitely clears up the topic for me. Case closed, for now.
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i7-4770k@4.2GHZ | L337 GAMING Z87H3-A3X | GTX 760 2GB | 8GB DDR3
#6DarkZV2BetaPosted 2/10/2014 5:44:07 PM
Higher speed memory always presents an advantage in bandwidth, but latency is likely to be stuck regardless of clockspeed. If you RAM can only handle ~10ns, it can only handle ~10ns.
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