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Build an Awesome PC, 2014 Edition by Mike Riley

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RAM Speed and Performance

Just as there are different CPU sizes that fit into specific types of motherboard sockets, RAM modules are available in various configurations. The type of RAM that fits into our motherboard is known as double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random-access memory, or DDR3 SDRAM—DDR3 for short. The most prevalent data rate for DDR3 is 1,333 megatransfers per second (MT/s). That’s a lot of data that can flow in a second, and while that’s plenty fast for most PCs, we need something a bit peppier for ours.

Because our CPU and motherboard can handle the throughput thanks to the motherboard’s support of Intel’s Extreme Memory Profile (XMP), we are going for the gold by dialing our DDR3 RAM up to whopping 2,400 MT/s! ...

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