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Intel Core i7 Memory Analysis - Can Dual Channel Cut it? - Test System Setup and Everest

Taking a break from X58 boards, we have a look at dual vs triple channel memory configurations on the Core i7 platform.

By: | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Nov 24, 2008 5:00 am

Test System


Processor: Intel Core i7 956 (24x133MHz)


Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm (Supplied by ASUS)


Hard Disk: Intel SSD X25-M80GB (Supplied by Intel)


Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Cooling: Stock Intel LGA1366 Cooler


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista X64 SP1


Drivers: Intel INF, Forceware 178.24


Today's tests are performed on a single board; we are pushing the limits with the memory system to determine whether or not DDR3 in triple channel will provide a huge benefit over running in dual channel mode. We have completed tests at both 1066MHz and 1600MHz XMP in dual and triple channel arrangements.


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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.


Intel Core i7 Memory Analysis - Can Dual Channel Cut it?


Intel Core i7 Memory Analysis - Can Dual Channel Cut it?


Starting with EVEREST, we see that the synthetic performance between the tri and dual channel modes show up. However, it's interesting to see that dual channel 1600MHz does get pretty close to the tri channel 1066MHz results.


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