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DDR-2 PC-5400 Performance Memory Shootout - OCZ vs. Corsair vs. Kingston - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark Series

In our latest article we are comparing the performance of some of the top brands in DDR-2 memory modules. We've got modules on the test bench from OCZ (PC-5400 Performance series), Corsair (XMS2 Pro series) and Kingston (HyperX series). After taking a close look at each set of Dual Channel modules, we tested them at their default speeds and as far as we could overclock them.

| DDR-2 Memory in RAM | Posted: Mar 2, 2005 5:00 am

Test System System

 

Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.46GHz (1066 FSB) (Supplied by Intel)

 

Motherboard(s): ASUS P5AD2-E (Intel 925XE) (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Video Card(s): ATI Radeon X700 256MB (Supplied by ATI)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Power Supply(s): Antec Smart Power 400 watt (Supplied by Antec)

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 5.2 and DX9c

 

Each module contains two sets of results throughout our benchmarks - the first is default speed and the second is overclocked (maximum stable clock speed and loose timings - as discussed on the page before this).

 

All the default speeds of the memory modules were ran at DDR-533 (266 x 13 = 3.46GHz) so that the memory was running at 1:1 with the CPU. OCZ default timings are 4-4-4-8, Corsair default timings are 4-4-4-12 while Kingston default timings are 4-4-4-10.

 

Instead of setting all the modules to the exact same speed we decided to test with shipped settings since this is what the end-user will have set when they place the modules into their systems.

 

For the overclocked settings, refer back to the last page for further information.

 

Let's begin!

 

3DMark2001 SE

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 330

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark2001/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

 

 

In our first test at default speeds we can see that the Corsair memory takes the win by a small margin.

 

At the overclock speeds and as expected, the OCZ memory takes back the lead by a little over 400 point.

 

3DMark03

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 350

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark03/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

By combining full DX8 and partial DX9 support with completely new tests and graphics over the previous version, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being the industry standard 3D benchmark.

 

Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.

 

 

Corsair memory takes the lead again at default speeds over OCZ and Kingston but only by a slight margin. We are beginning to see a trend of Corsair being that little it quicker at default speeds.

 

When overclocked the OCZ memory takes about a 100 point lead on the Corsair memory.

 

3DMark05

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark05 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and higher.

 

For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.

 

 

Under the latest version of 3DMark, the Corsair manages to take the lead again at default clock speeds and it's beginning to look like Corsair choose the sweet spot for their memory timings - it would seem the Intel 925XE chipset prefers a looser TRAS timing of 12 over tighter timings in this area.

 

When overclocked the OCZ memory is only slightly quicker than the other RAM.

 

 

 

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Further Reading: Read and find more RAM content at our RAM reviews, guides and articles index page.

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