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Is performace gains on DDR4 RAM worth getting shelling out compared to DDR3 RAM

I'd just get the DDR4. There is a performance benefit, but the DDR4 will also give you an easier upgrade path in the future.

 

Also, @XR6 is right.

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What are the benefits of getting DDR4 memory over DDR3? I want to consider the purchase of a i5 9600K for a budget system that I am working on but it has a limitation of requiring DDR4 memory, is there any tangible benefit of DDR4 as DDR3 sticks are cheaper and the cost stacks up as there is a requirement of at least 32 GB of RAM.

 

The 7700K + 32GB DDR3 RAM (8x4) is $472, 9600K + 32 GB DDR4 RAM (8x4) is $587 and the 9600K + 32GB DDR3 RAM (8x4) is $500

 

I considered a 7700K but it has worse performance compared to the 9600K (https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-7700K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-9600K/3647vs4031) and cost (from the retailer I am purchasing) doesn't have much of a difference, so it seems like a worse bargain. Can I get away with installing DDR3 RAM on the 9600K? Should I shell out more for the DDR4 sticks? Is there enough of a performance enhancement to justify purchasing the DDR4 sticks?

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2 minutes ago, NyetARussianSpy said:

Can I get away with installing DDR3 RAM on the 9600K?

Nope, you can't. The 9600K doesn't support DDR3 RAM.


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I'd just get the DDR4. There is a performance benefit, but the DDR4 will also give you an easier upgrade path in the future.

 

Also, @XR6 is right.


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Intel chips have not even supported DDR3 since the Haswell (4th gen Core series) IIRC


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