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G.Skill DDR2 and DDR3 Memory Kits - Test System Setup and Everest

We've got two G.Skill kits on the table today, a 1000MHz DDR2 and 1600MHz DDR3 kit. Read on to see how they stack up.

By: | DDR-2 Memory in RAM | Posted: Nov 23, 2007 5:00 am

Test System


Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 @ 3GHz (9x333MHz)


Motherboard: GIGABYTE P35(T)-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)


Cooling: Stock Intel Cooler


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: Intel INF, Forceware 163.21


Today we have done a 2-up; we did tests using the P35 platforms, the P35-DQ6 for our DDR2 and the P35T-DQ6 for the DDR3 system. This allowed us to clock the modules as high as possible without any constraints like the X38 chipset is starting to show.


Our stock results were for DDR2 running 800 MHz (which is the official JEDEC speed) using the lowest timings the modules could run with the SPD enabled. Overclocking results were with the SPD disabled and timing the modules manually.


DDR3 at stock was running at 1333 MHz which is the fastest official JEDEC setting for DDR3. We did this while using the lowest possible timings the modules are rated for at this speed. When overclocking we disabled the SPD again and did it manually to the most stable speed possible.


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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.




All the DDR2 modules perform identically at stock speeds; no advantage to either. When overclocking the Geil manages a bit more bandwidth than the G.Skill thanks to its higher clock speeds.


With the DDR3 we see the G.Skill manage some impressive results at the overclocking level, being able to beat out the OCZ memory.


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