I recently found this site from a link posted on hardocp. I read the article entitled 'Mushkin Redline XP Memory" and I was very impressed with Nate's explanation. I unfortunately spent the last 7 hours on this site reading various Coasir, Muskin and even the UTT article along with posts in this forum. I'd like to thank Nate for his hard work and it is truly some of the best authoring I have seen in years on a computer review site.
On to my questions:
I understand ram in general, their timings, speeds, voltage, etc... But my question is, at what point is a higher FSB better then lower timings?
I recently built my first new system (specs will be listed below) and I have done a lot of research before I purchased all the parts for my computer. Many people say I took the hardest path possible and went with a difficult board to learn on (DFI Lan Party NF2 Ultra B - I think thats the entire name lol). But I enjoy a challenge.
For example, right now I have ram on the DFI Lan Party (socket A) board which I run at 222mhz @ 2-2-2-11 @ 3.1 volts. However, I can run 235mhz if I loosen the timings and go 2.5-3-3-11. I can do 242mhz at 3-4-4 also.
So at what point does a higher FSB equate to more performance then a lower timing? Also, I can run a 250mhz FSB with a memory divider that allows me to run the ram at a lower speed. So which is better to do?
DFI Lan Party NF2 Ultra B
AMD Athlon XP Mobile 2400+ 35 watt @ 12 x 222 @ 1.85v = 2.67ghz
Zalman CNPS7000BLED - very quiet
2x512 OCZ Gold PC3200 @ 2-2-2-11 @ 3.1v
Radeon 9800 Pro
Audigy X-gamer Sound Card
160GB Seagate (silent and 5 year warranty rocks)
Lite on 16x DVDRW DL
Zalman 400 watt PSU - also pretty quiet
(1) 80mm exhaust fan
under load with the temperature being 92F today, my computer is at 38C case and 61C for the CPU; CPU Burn-in, memtest and prime95 stable. From what I have been reading I know many of you wouldn't run your cpus at this temperature, but I read the AMD white pages on the mobile processor and they can run up to 100C in notebooks so I'm within the limitations.
I built this system (my first self built computer) about three weeks ago in hopes of having a cheap yet powerful PC. But for some reason I HAVE TO tweak my system for everything I can get out of it. I dont know why I have this urge, but I do and it feels great.
I plan to upgrade to an AMD 64 bit system once I learn a little bit more about computers. From what I see, I am really liking this stuff.
Thanks for any help