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DDR4 at 2666MHz or 3200MHz for i5 9600KF

Discussion in 'Memory' started by jamesd, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. jamesd

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    I am upgrading my PC and have gone for the i5 9600KF and I am looking for memory to go with it. I notice on the processor specs it lists DD4 2666MHz ram but I can find some DDR4 3200MHz for the same price as the 2600MHz. Am I better going for the 2666MHz or the 3200MHz, will the 3200MHz ram work with the i5 9600KF?
     
  2. Space Monkey

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    Yeah that's fine, 2666MHz is just the industry standard rating, so the 3200MHz is officially overclocking but Intel CPUs normally play nice with faster RAM :)
     
  3. jamesd

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    Thanks, I will order the faster stuff then :) Can I go faster than 3200MHz or is the extra cost not worth it?
     
  4. Space Monkey

    Don

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    You can normally, but depending on the price difference would determine if it's worth it?
     
  5. Jay85

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    Im running 3200mhz Vengeance Pro, it plays very well together.
     
  6. jamesd

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    Thanks for the advice, I decided on the 3200 in the end.

    That's good to know I went for the 3200 :)
     
  7. Cooper

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    Don't forget to try overclocking it, I would be very surprised if it didn't reach at least 3600Mhz, you might need to increase voltage to 1.4vlts (perfectly safe).

    My Vengeance Pro kit is actually a 3000Mhz set but runs perfectly stable at 3466Mhz (1.4vlts)
     
  8. Jay85

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    Did you notice any gains in FPS while gaming with the increase in mhz?
     
  9. OpenToSuggestions

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    That will be totally dependent on the game.
    I would not bother overclocking the ram as I found it required a lot of patience and fiddling, but it was back on AMD64 that I last tried (Jesus that was DDR1 400mhz!).
    I think 3200 was a wise choice over 2666 given the minor price difference.
    Definitely overclock the CPU though!