Test System Setup
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P965-DQ6 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA (Supplied by Seagate)
Graphics Card: 2x MSI Radeon 1950PRO in Crossfire (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 188.8.131.521, ATI Catalyst 7.1 and DX9c
While we did start our testing on the nVidia nForce 680i chipset, we also tested on the Intel P965 chipset just to see what we could get. The results appeared identical in terms of maximum clock speed attainable. We used Gigabyte's P965-DQ6 motherboard in our benchmark results so we could use Crossfire in our game tests to eliminate the VGA as the bottleneck in our results.
Our tests put the OCZ FlexXLC Edition memory (2 x 1GB in dual channel) up against the Corsair PC2-8500 (also 2 x 1GB in dual channel) at DDR2-800 at SPD, DDR2-800 at the tightest timings possible and then at 1200MHz DDR for the OCZ memory with the timings on SPD.
We managed to run the OCZ memory at timings of 4-4-4-15 at 800MHz DDR without any problems and the Corsair memory operated at 4-5-4-18 at 800MHz DDR for its tightest timings and 1066MHz for its highest memory clock with relaxed timings.
Let's get things underway and check out the performance numbers!
EVEREST Ultimate Edition
Version and / or Patch Used: 2006
Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
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.
Everest is the newest addition to our testing system as it performs more tests on the memory and CPU systems including latency tests. OCZ leads the way in all of the tests in both stock, tight timings and of course, overclocked.