Faster memory, worth doing ?

  Alan T 23:29 12 Nov 2007

Hi. Would having 4096 DDR2 800mhz instead of 667mhz be worth an extra £22. Would it make a noticable difference. When going thro the options list it is difficult to understand where the money should be spent. The odd £ here and there soon adds up ! All advice from your experience would be very welcome.

  Switcher 23:40 12 Nov 2007

No diference as speed would drop to matching existing memory if that is the correct memory for your setup

  Totally-braindead 23:40 12 Nov 2007

The speed the memory can run at is dependant on the processor. If the processor runs at a speed where it can use the memory at full speed then yes it would be faster. If the processor can only use the slower speed memory then no theres no advantage and if you have faster memory it will run at a slower speed than it is capable of running at.

Crucial the memory people recommend using the fastest memory in motherboards, it doesn't run any quicker its just that later on if you upgrade your processor to a faster one then you don't have to buy new memory and then it can run full speed.

  Totally-braindead 23:47 12 Nov 2007

Switcher is correct in what he says, if the processor uses 667mhz memory then the 800mhz memory will run but at the lower 667mhz so theres no advantage. If you are not likely to upgrade the processor and are more likely to buy a new PC or a new motherboard and processor later on buy the cheaper memory.

  Stuartli 23:49 12 Nov 2007

You can't be any worse off although it's future proofing as already pointed out, but the fact remains that you would be very unlikely to notice any difference for the majority of the time you are using your system.

  Alan T 00:03 13 Nov 2007

Thanks for the quick reply. Its a new PC that I am speccing. The motherboard specified is a "Msi P965 Neo-F V2-(QC)-DDR800" which I presume could use the faster memory. Just wondering if the faster memory is worth spending the money on.

  Switcher 00:11 13 Nov 2007

In that case go for the 800 memory

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