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DDR-400 Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 1 - Test Setup and Sandra Benchmarks

Dual Channel, Dual Channel, Dual Channel - it is one of the key buzzwords taking the IT industry by storm at the moment courtesy of chipsets from nVidia and Intel. Which Dual Channel branded memory kit do you choose? Do you even need actual branded Dual Channel memory? Which overclocks the fastest? Shawn "Toxic" Baker answers all these questions in this 20-page monster roundup comparing memory from Crucial, Mushkin, Kingmax, TwinMOS, Buffalo and Corsair!

| Editorials in RAM | Posted: Jun 22, 2003 4:00 am

Test System

 

Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz "C" (Supplied by Altech Computers)

 

Motherboard(s): Abit IC7 Canterwood (Supplied by Altech Computers)

 

Video card(s): PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro (Supplied by Altech Computers)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 80GB 7200RPM (Supplied by Altech Computers)

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional

 

Drivers Used: Catalyst 3.4

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra, PC Mark 2002, 3DMark 2001 SE, 3DMark 2003, Gunmetal, Code Creatures, Quake 3, Vulpine GL Mark and Commanche 4

 

Test System Comments

 

All memory was tested at CAS 2 with memory timings set to 2-2-2-5 within the BIOS with the voltage on each running at 2.8v (.3 over default spec) throughout our entire testings.

 

We choose to include a host of benchmarks that not only concentrate on memory but other aspects of your computer. We will find out if the difference in memory brands effect video performance or CPU performance, if at all.

 

None of the memory modules are Dual Channel branded specific modules.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2001 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

- Sandra Memory Test Buffered

 

 

Mushkin takes the lead in the first test, of course this is only synthetic and we will see if it carries over into real world gaming tests.

 

- Sandra Memory Test Un-Buffered

 

 

In Un-Buffered tests which don't use any processor optimization and give us a truer indication of RAM performance, Kingmax takes the lead.

 

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