Posted by: Rack on: 25.10.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
I won’t bore you with installation, these clicked straight into place no problems. So lets get straight on to testing.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
First up, here is a list of the timings used to test:
I had absolutely no issues with the AData Ram, it booted straight up to the specified values with no issues when at 2.2V. Running easily at 1067, here we have a set of RAM ready for the next level of FSB releases from Intel and AMD.
To test the memory out at the different settings I used some synthetic benchmarks: Lavalys’ Everest memory tests and Sisoft Sandra 2007 Memory Bandwidth test, as well as for real applications: 3dMark05 and Half Life 2. I know 3dMark could also be classified as synthetic, but it is testing the GPU and general games performance, not memory specific benchmarking.
In the “real world” applications I also threw in a 2GB set of OCZ PC6400, running at 800MHz 5-5-5-15, to see what the difference is for 2GB vs 1GB. Of course there are some games out there that need 2GB to play at higher levels of quality, such as FEAR and Quake 4, however I did not use these as we are looking at RAM speed here. Adata do have a 2GB set of these memory dims, and while it would be good to have them here for benching, the best thing I could do was not use games where the size was a problem.
On to the results:
In the synthetic benchmarks, there is a fairly good scaling of performance gain for the speed.
As I mentioned I included a 2GB set against the 1GB Adata for comparison of size vs Speed. Remember that Adata have this set of RAM in a 2GB set as well!
While there is some scaling on the CPU score, at the end of the day the final score is only slightly effected. With both sets at 800MHz the 2GB OCZ at slower timings beats the Adata purely because of size.
Average FPS in Half Life 2 (Ravenholm) again show that while faster memory speeds can give some good results. The 2GB set is definitely an advantage, and would be recommended over 1GB no matter what the brand.
I was able to get these modules up above 1100MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings and 2.4V, but not much further. Still this is an excellent result for modules only rated at 1000MHz, and would give you some more breathing space if you are overclocking a low multiplier CPU like the Core Duo E6300’s. I would of liked to have tested the two gig kit, as our editor said he has seen some very different overclocks from a 2 gig to a 1 gig. It would be interesting to see if the two gig kit will do as well.
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