Solved

1600MHz w/ CAS 10 or 2133MHz w/ CAS 9. Worth the upgrade?

I'm about to order all the parts for my first ever build, but I'm seeing if there are any costs I can cut. I can't find enough information on whether it's worth it to upgrade my RAM by paying a few extra dollars.

At the moment, it's between two choices:

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl10d16gbxl
1600MHz w/ CAS 10

AND

G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c9d16gtx
2133MHz w/ CAS 9

The price difference is $26 which I know isn't a lot but I am over budget as it is and I only want upgrades if they're going to make it worth it to go further beyond my budget.

Thanks for the responses ahead of time! I can't wait to finally build my first PC!
22 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about 1600mhz cas 2133mhz cas worth upgrade
  1. Not quite the Trident's but much better than the 1600/10 for $99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231661
  2. depends on your build as to weather or not it will even use the extra speed or be throttled. from everything ive read you will get minimal increase from 1600 to 2133 and even less from cas 10 to 9 so if budget is the main concern go for either the cheaper of the 2 or stick to 8gb unless you are doing a lot of video editing. if this is for gaming the extra ram give not really help.
  3. Regardless of what you do you can see a difference between 1600/10 and 2133 - 9 or 10. 1600/9 is considered entry level today and 1600/10 is slower performance wise, even 2133/12 would be a performance increase, so 2133/9 or 10 is an even bigger increase - could be up to 10+ % depending on the game for gaming and who knows depending on the other uses the computer gets
  4. +1 to tradesman the combo of both being better at 2133/9 could be 10+% in gaming depending on the game. in my personal exp. ive seen up to 20% for rendering and drafting uses.
  5. NormH said:
    +1 to tradesman the combo of both being better at 2133/9 could be 10+% in gaming depending on the game. in my personal exp. ive seen up to 20% for rendering and drafting uses.

    __________

    am don't forget the performance when multi-tasking, where the higher bandwidth really shines ;)
  6. Thanks for the responses guys. So when it is all said and done, is it worth it to pay the extra $26 to upgrade to 2133MHz CAS 9?

    This is my build btw, My primary uses are Gaming, Coding, and Streaming:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zzjhrH

    Also if you guys have any other advice or recommendations I'd truly appreciate them. Thanks again!
  7. Best answer
    I would or go with the SNipers, which are lower priced and still far better than the 1600/10
  8. Tradesman1 said:
    I would or go with the SNipers, which are lower priced and still far better than the 1600/10


    Which "snipers" specifically?
  9. Tradesman1 said:


    Wait Tradesman1, Newegg is sold out and the next cheapest place is $120 plus shipping. Should I be looking at the trident series now that they're the same price?

    Thanks for all your help guys. I am finally ordering all of my parts after waiting for 6 months! Im so excited
  10. grats man hope you enjoy the new system
  11. Just had them too, what mobo and CPU?
  12. MSI Z97 gaming 5 and 4790K.

    If possible, i'd like to stick with the black and red color scheme, but that's inferior to performance which is my priority
  13. Looks like back to the Trident's (those are my favorites anyway :) have them in both my Haswell's, in sig) or if a blue style would work, they have the Ares in 2400/11 $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231671

    or RJ X in 2400/11 $115

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231672
  14. Tradesman1 said:
    Looks like back to the Trident's (those are my favorites anyway :) have them in both my Haswell's, in sig) or if a blue style would work, they have the Ares in 2400/11 $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231671

    or RJ X in 2400/11 $115

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231672


    So you would recommend higher MHz with a higher CAS? I'm sorry I just do not know anything about this.
  15. Yes - if we were to start at the 1600/10 you were looking each of the following steps goin up would provide a bit of a performance boost from

    1600/11 to 1866/11 to 2133/12 so going to a 2133/9 or 10 or even 2400 11 would provide not only a boost in bandwidth the the DRAM would be cycling all that extra at the same speed of the 1600's CL10
  16. Oh ok that makes more sense. Thanks Tradesman1!
  17. No worries ;)
  18. Tri are the best DRAM I've found, been using them steadily in my and client builds, they tend to cost a bit more but are well worth it, I've got full loads of them on both my Haswells 2800 on the Z97 and 2666 on the Z87
  19. Thanks Tradesman, Sold.
  20. No worries, Enjoy ;)
Ask a new question

Read More

RAM Build