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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Intel Core i7-8700K $359Nvidia GTX 1070 $325Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $85
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $130Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $243Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i5-8600K $237AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $100
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $130SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $869SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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