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3GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel kit NQ Series

This G.Skill RAM has 3GB DDR3 memory clocked at a speed of 1600MHz.

It is made up of 3 sticks.

Its timings are CL9-9-9-24.

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3GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel kit NQ Series

Total Memory3GBThe amount of memory is the RAM's primary feature and defines how much data it can store for temporary fast access
Total Speed1600MHzSpeed defines how many data transfers can be made per second.
Stick Count3The number of sticks define the number of slots in the motherboard necessary to house the RAM
RAM TypeDDR3The RAM type defines compatibility with motherboards, as well as the limits to performance
TimingsCL9-9-9-24Timings show latency, row address to column address delay, row precharge time, and row active time

3GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel kit NQ Series compatibility review

Rather than storing data permanently like in large capacity hard drives, RAM provides a temporary cache that your system uses to store the data that you are currently using. This makes accessing the most relevant data much faster, because accessing RAM requires much less time than your hard drive. In fact, most systems are configured to use the hard drive as a substitute for RAM when the RAM is being overloaded with data. This can bring your PC to a crawl, however, and is why having enough RAM is crucial.

DDR3 RAM has been the predominant RAM technology for a good few years now, and its cheapness and high performance are the reason. However, with DDR4 nearly here, and well set to become the motherboard standard, the remaining lifespan of DDR3 RAM is ever shortening.

With a total memory of 3GB, the 3GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel kit NQ Series has the capacity to run very little at once, and may even struggle with a Windows installation. Avoidance of this RAM in any PC build is highly recommended. This G.Skill DDR3 RAM has a speed of 1600MHz. RAM speed is not a crucial feature, but it does contribute significantly to PC games and certain applications like video-editing software. 1600MHz is quite fast, so this RAM should have no trouble with either of these.

The RAM timings reflect different performance benchmarks. The first number, the CL, or CAS (Column Address Strobe) latency, is the time it takes to send a column address and get a response. This G.Skill DDR3 RAM has a CL of CL9. Generally speaking, the lower the latency the better, but there are other contributing factors such as clock speed.

The second number, the tRCD, or Row Address to Column Address Delay, is the required clock cycles necessary after a row of memory is opened before columns within it can be accessed. The tRCD of this G.Skill DDR3 RAM is 9.

The third number, the tRP, or Row Precharge Time, is the clock cycles necessary after the precharge command is executed before the next row can be opened. The tRP of this RAM is 9.

The last number, the tRAS, or Row Active Time, is the clock cycles necessary after a bank active command before the ensuing precharge command is executed. The tRAS of this RAM is 24.

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