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Corsair CMX16GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1333 Mhz CL9 £38.36 @ Amazon delivered
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Corsair CMX16GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1333 Mhz CL9 £38.36 @ Amazon delivered

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Posted 9th Oct

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The XMS3 family is Corsair's mainstream line of performance DDR3 memory. These modules allow users to experience outstanding memory performance and stability.


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1x Corsair XMS3 Memory Module - 16GB (2x8GB)
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Great price for DDR3. Sure it's slow but it should overclock to 1600mhz and keep an older system going a little longer.
Edited by: "Minstadave" 9th Oct
Minstadave09/10/2019 14:28

Great price for DDR3. Sure it's slow but it should overclock to 1600mhz …Great price for DDR3. Sure it's slow but it should overclock to 1600mhz and keep an older system going a little longer.


It's 'slow' but those Haswell systems with good GPUs will benefit hugely from this - one of the smaller machines I use for gaming uses DDR3 but coupled with a Polaris GPU, it's perfectly good for a while longer.
Pretty good deal for new old stock.

Used ram (unknown brand/possibility of no pairs) is £15 per 8gb stick at CEX, so another £8 for good quality new DDR3 is a decent price.

Whilst I would argue DDR3 and Haswell is coming to end of life and the market price for CPU's/Motherboards is somewhat inflated they still perform reasonably well for gaming - but more modern games live BFV,SoTR etc definitely benefit from a newer CPU with more cores (ie Ryzen).

So whilst I'd reccomend buying this to upgrade an existing system, I definitely wouldn't buy it to build a new Haswell system. (A mistake I made last year because of DDR4 prices)
Edited by: "timothyw9" 9th Oct
Excellent price for 16 gig of DDR3, really helps older machines
P&P £4.49 for non prime
My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still cutting the mustard ;-)
had this expired?
Minstadave09/10/2019 14:28

Great price for DDR3. Sure it's slow but it should overclock to 1600mhz …Great price for DDR3. Sure it's slow but it should overclock to 1600mhz and keep an older system going a little longer.


I don't think you can really call it slow. The real-world performances between 1333 Mhz and 2133 Mhz DDR3 tend to be 1 or 2% maximum.
T2000Bill09/10/2019 18:30

My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still …My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still cutting the mustard ;-)


Some nutter will be along in a minute to tell you that’s a bottleneck, given the issues I had in the RX 570 under £120 thread.
edanfalls10/10/2019 00:44

I don't think you can really call it slow. The real-world performances …I don't think you can really call it slow. The real-world performances between 1333 Mhz and 2133 Mhz DDR3 tend to be 1 or 2% maximum.


This might have been true prior to 2015 when games were less CPU demanding and people ran slower GPUs such as the GTX 970. However your statement is incorrect with some newer CPU-demanding games when using more powerful GPUs (especially if targeting higher frame rates) where CPU/RAM bottlenecks do occur:



I just upgraded my 4790K @4.9 GHz with 1080Ti to 2666 MHz RAM to minimise CPU bottlenecks and the resulting occasional stutters in certain games (especially AC origins, odyssey). That should hold me off a full upgrade until Ryzen 4 or 5...

I wouldn't recommend any Haswell gamer with a GTX 1070 or above to buy 1333 MHz RAM. Even used 2666 MHz or faster DDR3 is very hard to find, but it is easier to find 2400 CL10 or CL11 (which performs similarly as IMC performance rarely scales well above 2400 MHz on Haswell).
Edited by: "Scottc123" 10th Oct
T2000Bill09/10/2019 18:30

My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still …My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still cutting the mustard ;-)


I'd guess that you are largely GPU bound with all the screen size, but you should definitely try and OC that K-class CPU given its age; you should be able to get 4.7 GHz on all cores easily with safe temps and <1.3 Vcore, provided you have a good cooler (I'm on 4.9 GHz on high-end air cooling at that voltage).
T2000Bill09/10/2019 18:30

My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still …My 4790k @4.4 with Geil 2400Mhz and a GTX1080 with triples is still cutting the mustard ;-)


True they do. Just brought my brothers Palit 1080 jetstream for £100+i74770k/16GB 2400/SSD, sweet. Plays anything well.
ps: also have 3600x/32GB/Strix1080ti/SSD. Both won't set the gaming world on fire, just waiting for NV to release a Non 2080 card.
Edited by: "chaank" 11th Oct
Scottc12310/10/2019 08:52

I'd guess that you are largely GPU bound with all the screen size, but you …I'd guess that you are largely GPU bound with all the screen size, but you should definitely try and OC that K-class CPU given its age; you should be able to get 4.7 GHz on all cores easily with safe temps and <1.3 Vcore, provided you have a good cooler (I'm on 4.9 GHz on high-end air cooling at that voltage).


I had it at 4.7 but didn't see the point for the extra heat, not much difference to be honest and I run 24/7 with 4.4 and has been rock solid, you can only polish a turd so much before it just becomes shiny turd ;-)
Scottc12310/10/2019 08:46

This might have been true prior to 2015 when games were less CPU demanding …This might have been true prior to 2015 when games were less CPU demanding and people ran slower GPUs such as the GTX 970. However your statement is incorrect with some newer CPU-demanding games when using more powerful GPUs (especially if targeting higher frame rates) where CPU/RAM bottlenecks do occur:[Video] I just upgraded my 4790K @4.9 GHz with 1080Ti to 2666 MHz RAM to minimise CPU bottlenecks and the resulting occasional stutters in certain games (especially AC origins, odyssey). That should hold me off a full upgrade until Ryzen 4 or 5...I wouldn't recommend any Haswell gamer with a GTX 1070 or above to buy 1333 MHz RAM. Even used 2666 MHz or faster DDR3 is very hard to find, but it is easier to find 2400 CL10 or CL11 (which performs similarly as IMC performance rarely scales well above 2400 MHz on Haswell).


I have a similar set up with an 4690k. Ive been looking at ram upgrade, what sticks did you buy? Is there much real world difference between cl10 and cl17 (@2400)
damop11/10/2019 06:39

I have a similar set up with an 4690k. Ive been looking at ram upgrade, …I have a similar set up with an 4690k. Ive been looking at ram upgrade, what sticks did you buy? Is there much real world difference between cl10 and cl17 (@2400)


My DDR3 2400Mhz is CL10
damop11/10/2019 06:39

I have a similar set up with an 4690k. Ive been looking at ram upgrade, …I have a similar set up with an 4690k. Ive been looking at ram upgrade, what sticks did you buy? Is there much real world difference between cl10 and cl17 (@2400)


I had an alert on fleabay. I wouldn't recommend 2666Mhz over 2400Mhz though as I have been having problems finding stable timings due to the IMC limits. I've not tested that precisely, CL10 Vs CL11, but I've seen that each CL step down is almost, but not quite the same performance boost as the next step up in MHz.
Edited by: "Scottc123" 11th Oct
Scottc12311/10/2019 11:04

I had an alert on fleabay. I wouldn't recommend 2666Mhz over 2400Mhz …I had an alert on fleabay. I wouldn't recommend 2666Mhz over 2400Mhz though as I have having problems finding stable timings due to the IMC limits. I've not tested that precisely, CL10 Vs CL11, but I've seen that each CL step down is almost, but not quite the same performance boost as a the next step up in MHz.


Yeah I had trouble running at 2400 until I manually set the timings as a 4790k is technically supported by 1600, some CPU's will happily run it but some are picky like mine.
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