Ghettochild2600
2016-07-13T00:43:23Z
So I'm looking to purchase this motherboard and it says it has a max ram speed of DDR4 3466*(*O.C.). I want to run the fastest ram possible this board will support and was wondering if I were to purchase a 4000MHz kit if I were to underclock it to run at 3466 frequency with tighter timings would it be better performance vs buying a 3400MHz or 3466MHz ram kit?

If a motherboard says 3466* O.C. will it easily run a module already rated at that frequency?

digitaldd
2016-07-13T16:09:42Z
After 2666 it just gets expensive, if you do not plan to overclock I'd say just get as much 2133 as you can afford and put the savings into a better graphics card or larger SSD.
tmanvest
2016-07-14T00:12:25Z
for most applications ram speed is meaningless. the exception being when you are at the bare minimums that they actually require(not what they say that they require). it may prove more beneficial to buy slower but cheaper ram and add more of it.

i would not recommend kits rated up to 4000 as they will have a higher latency. i would recommend a kit at or under the specified limit with as it will yeild good performance and you may be able to tighten up you latencies.

now for my diclaimer i rarely overclock ram due to its relatively low performance gains. make sure the ram recieves good airflow and has heat spreaders.

as always good luck and the silicon lotto still applies to ram

Der Meister
2016-07-21T20:32:23Z
Originally Posted by: tmanvest 

for most applications ram speed is meaningless. the exception being when you are at the bare minimums that they actually require(not what they say that they require). it may prove more beneficial to buy slower but cheaper ram and add more of it.

i would not recommend kits rated up to 4000 as they will have a higher latency. i would recommend a kit at or under the specified limit with as it will yeild good performance and you may be able to tighten up you latencies.

now for my diclaimer i rarely overclock ram due to its relatively low performance gains. make sure the ram recieves good airflow and has heat spreaders.

as always good luck and the silicon lotto still applies to ram

I agree faster isn't always better, tighter timings is much better then clock speed. Unless you plan on doing some heavy OC'ing on everything