cyrylthewolf Posted December 23, 2010 Share Posted December 23, 2010 LATENCY vs FREQUENCY. PARTICULARLY IN REGARDS TO USING ASUS SABERTOOTH x58. I'm building a system that'll be intended for gaming here. The last time I built a system for myself, it was pre-DDR2 days. Back then, tight timings were important. You just bought RAM that had higher frequency than the board is rated for...and then easy the rated frequency of RAM to match the board's...and then tighten the latency. So... I'm having an IMPOSSIBLE time getting anyone to answer this question now... I still see latencies anywhere from 6-9. I've been able to narrow it down to either <insert competitor name here> memory or Corsair memory... But quite frankly, the <insert competitor name here> has better timings at 6-8-6-20/1600. I haven't seen any Corsair memory lower than 8-8-8-24/1600 that is listed for compatibility with my Sabertooth x58. So... The question is... HOW important is the whole latency vs frequency thing nowadays? HOW does low/high latency affect performance these days? If latency is important, then am I going to be looking for DDR3 memory that is running at 2000 and then lowering it to 1866 (which is the board's rating) and tightening timing? My frustration with this is growing. I'm having the same issue in any forum I've gone to so...it's nothing personal. Also...I am concerned with compatibility. There seems to be a lot of attention to QVL lists. Much of the RAM I see isn't on there... But you figure that as long as the RAM's rated in speeds to match the board, it should work... But that's a lot of money to be betting on. So... PLEASE ADVISE. Also... What are the options/advantages we have with using higher-density modules? Can we also get some recommendations for use with a Sabertooth x58? (Seems to be a growing concern.) These recommendations should be based on the very question I have posted here. WHICH RAM should I be using if it turns out that LATENCY is more imporant? Which RAM if FREQUENCY is more imporant? WHICH RAM can you tighten latency and still be compatible with this board? This is just incredible that it's taking this much effort to get an answer. So far I get links thrown at me for RAM I've already looked at. RAM with timings of 8-8-8-24 or 9-9-9-24. Please be informative in your responses. Lazy answers will go unappreciated. Thanks, folks. Sorry if I sound cranky. I'm just fed up trying to figure out which RAM to move forward on here. Been at it for a couple weeks. (When I have time between my two jobs.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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