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DDR vs. DDR-2 - What are we to make of it all? - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

Today we have posted an article for you which investigates the current state of DDR vs. DDR-2 memory in the industry. We have included in-depth information about what is different about the two technologies, possible adoption problems for AMD with Athlon 64 and benchmarks comparing both on an MSI motherboard which supports both memory standards. If you're wondering what we are to make of it all... Read on!

By: | DDR-2 Memory in RAM | Posted: Oct 4, 2004 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor: Intel Pentium 560 3.6GHz (800MHz FSB) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)


Motherboard: MSI 915P Combo (Supplied by MSI)


Hard Disk: 2x Maxtor Maxline III 250GB SATA (RAID 0)


Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce PCX5900 (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: nVidia Forceware 61.77 and DX9c


We used the MSI 915P Combo for two major reasons:


1) It has both DDR and DDR-2 memory sockets, allowing us to keep the platform unchanged in regards to graphics cards, CPU and the like


2) Its overclocking was much higher than any other dual memory motherboard available


On the settings side, we set the BIOS to run the memory at default timings by the SPD and at their maximum rated, so DDR was at 400MHz and DDR-2 was at 533MHz.


SiSoft Sandra


Version and / or Patch Used: 2004 SP2


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




While these are synthetic benchmarks, we can see that DDR has now reached its limits. At default speeds DDR-2 is much faster than DDR, however, when overclocking the latencies of DDR-2 start to take its toll - though in front, it is only just.




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