A A desktop orientated measure of RAM speed that favours bandwidth over latency.
Real world performance scales reasonably well with memory frequency (data throughput). The more GB of data that can be transferred per second the better. If two sets of memory have the same bandwidth (GB/s) then the better performing kit will have lower latency. Lower latency allows faster retrieval of individual blocks of data which can allow some computations to complete faster. The effective RAM speed index is weighted as 80% multi-core throughput, 10% single-core throughput and 10% latency. Dual channel RAM running at 3000 MHz on a skylake chip ≈ 100%. See a current list of RAM Kits and their effective speeds here.

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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-8700K $356Nvidia GTX 1070 $314Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $92
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $140Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $208Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $99
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $108Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $90SanDisk Extreme 64GB $128
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $651SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $73Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $85SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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