Difference in RAM speed?! Anyone know?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by umdjb, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    Can anyone tell me if there is a noticeable difference between RAM that is at 533Mhz or 667Mhz? If I am doing simple applications such as web browsing, music listening, or picture viewing, or using MS Office does the lower RAM speed impact the performance at that level or is the higher RAM recommended for gamers?

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  3. theheyes macrumors regular

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    I gonna go out on a limb and say no you probably wouldnt notice much of a difference doing those sorts of tasks. There are other sideline factors involved though, such as how the RAM is configured.

    Give some more details. :)
     
  4. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    I am assuming you have an Intel Mac.

    There are no Apple computers that are designed to accept 533MHz DDR2 RAM. Although it may run it, you will be operating outside the realm of Apple support. The cost difference between 667MHz and 553 MHz is so small there really is no reason not to go with RAM that is specified for your computer.
     
  5. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    what about can u get ram faster than the specified one?
     
  6. umdjb thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am actually referring to a PC computer. I was configuring a DELL the other day and couldn't decide between 533 and 667.
     
  7. clintob macrumors 6502

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    The short answer is no. Unless you have a stop watch with milliseconds, you wont notice a difference at all.
     
  8. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    I was thinking more about the graphics card. If it's a GMA, you'll want 667MHz, if not, go 533.
     

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