RAM latency

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by vertigo, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hello people,

    i currently have 2x512mb sticks of ram in my PC. i read on the net that 1T command rate is faster than 2T. my ram is set at 2T.

    what i need to know is if there is any risk in changing it to 1T, and if there is, how will i be able to test that everything is stable & going to work properly? would memtest do the trick? will my ram overheat?

    thankyou for your time, much appreciated :)
     
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  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Best to leave settings on default. If it's rated at 2T, leave it at 2T.
     
  3. LeeJend

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    Don't waste your time. Speeding up the RAM timing settings produces a minimal improvement (or just crashes your system).

    Instead slow down your RAM timing. Then push the system FSB and RAM synchronously to a higher speed. 10% is usually possible. Of course this can crash your system too and overheat your processor.

    Best option is to quit reading overclocking articles and get a job or work some overtime to pay for a real upgrade. ;)
     
  4. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    lol thanks for the info guys, i have a job & my pc is powerful enough, just thought i wasn't getting the most out of it (without overclocking). :)

    athlon64 x2 4400+, 2gb ram, geforce 7800gt
     
  5. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    X2 4400 and he's not happy! I feel so under-developed. :cry:
     
  6. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    lol don't misunderstand, i'm quite happy with it :D

    just wanted to make sure that i was running at max speed without compromising stability
     
  7. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Goddamn, nice system, vertigo.
     
  8. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    thankyou grandmaster, it did cost a hefty sum! (and i shopped around!)
     
  9. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    The worst risk you'll have is that it won't start and you'll have to reset the CMOS manually. No biggie, no harm done.
     
  10. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Running 1T when ram can not handle it can give you data corruption on your drive.
     
  11. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    thanks for the input,

    but i'm thoroughly confused now. lots of conflicting posts! :eek:
     
  12. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Not really:

    General concensus - don't do it.

    Optional extras - if you must try it.
    -Worst that can happen is that CMOS reset is required.
    -Alternate option to tweak speed is retard timing and OC FSB.
    - And we all lust after your system.
     
  13. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Couldn't of put it better myself.

    Heeter
     
  14. vertigo

    vertigo OSNN Senior Addict

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    thankyou all, you've been of great help. excellent forum you have going here :)