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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm planning to use Ryzen for my build. Just looking at RAM now and wondering if it's worth spending the extra money on 3600mhz ram rather than going with 3200mhz.

 

I'm going to get a 16gb Kit to start with. I've found a kit on eBay, it's £45 whereas I would be looking at another £10-15 for the 3600mhz. What do you think?

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Even assuming they're both CL16 kits, it's still going to be a small difference. Unless you have a really high total budget, spend it elsewhere.


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If you have an intel CPU, don't bother with faster RAM than 3200 I'd say

 


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If the difference is £10, then buy the 3600MHz kit. Given they have the same timing. If the 3200MHz is C16, and the 3600MHz is C18. Then no.

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a kit of ballistix at 3600c16 with micron e die would be worth the extra few bucks if youre into overclocking, people routinely get 3600c15 or 3733/3800c16 with a bit of extra voltage. for 10-20 bucks its worth for the performance boost compared to the overall price of your build, assuming it's still within your budget.


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1 hour ago, CloudPC said:

What do you think?

assuming they both have the same cas latency, sure go for it, since the price difference isn't huge. 

if the 3600 kit is cl18 and the 3200 is cl16, just go with the 3200 kit.  


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26 minutes ago, TofuHaroto said:

assuming they both have the same cas latency, sure go for it, since the price difference isn't huge. 

if the 3600 kit is cl18 and the 3200 is cl16, just go with the 3200 kit.  

 

38 minutes ago, Aereldor said:

Even assuming they're both CL16 kits, it's still going to be a small difference. Unless you have a really high total budget, spend it elsewhere.

37 minutes ago, Deli said:

If the 3200MHz is C16, and the 3600MHz is C18. Then no.

Let's not forget that 3600 CL16 has a lower latency than 3200 CL16, I feel like you guys are saying that two kits of different speeds with CL16 have the same latency. 3600 CL16 is often notably more expensive than 3600 CL18

 

The CL spec on a memory kit is a multiplier, not a raw value


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It's like $15. Not going to make a difference in any other component cost. Just get it.


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1 hour ago, Fasauceome said:

I feel like you guys are saying that two kits of different speeds with CL16 have the same latency.

My bad if my wording made it appear that way, but what i meant was, let's say the 3200 kit is cl16 for example, and the 3600 kit had the same timings  (that being cl16) then if possible, go for the 3600 cl16 kit as that'll perform better. 

If the 3200 kit had better timings (i.e cl16) and the 3600 kit had worse timings (i.e cl18) then both will perform about the same when it comes to latency so paying the 15 pound difference isn't really worth it. 

I guess that's what i meant if that made sense. 

1 hour ago, Fasauceome said:

3600 CL16 is often notably more expensive than 3600 CL18

True, but in OP's case, it's a 15 pound difference, and we don't know what the timings are for both kits, for all we know, OP could've found a good deal on a cl16 3600 kit. 


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32 minutes ago, Fasauceome said:

 

Let's not forget that 3600 CL16 has a lower latency than 3200 CL16, I feel like you guys are saying that two kits of different speeds with CL16 have the same latency. 3600 CL16 is often notably more expensive than 3600 CL18

 

The CL spec on a memory kit is a multiplier, not a raw value

I know. But 3200MHz C16 and 3600MHz C18 perform more or less the same, except a few memory bandwidth intensive tasks. If the 3600MHz C18 is $10-15 more and the budget is tight, then don't bother. That's what I mean.

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You can get 16gb kit of 3200cl16 for around $60 and a 16gb kit of 3600cl16 for $75

 

It's $15 difference and that money isn't going to affect any other component choices that affect performance to any significant degree. Just get it and move on, you'll have less regrets this way.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 hours ago, Mister Woof said:

You can get 16gb kit of 3200cl16 for around $60 and a 16gb kit of 3600cl16 for $75

 

It's $15 difference and that money isn't going to affect any other component choices that affect performance to any significant degree. Just get it and move on, you'll have less regrets this way.

Nah I don't really. I will probably look on eBay and also Amazon to find cheap deals. Thanks for all the help guys

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