Test System Setup
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DQ6 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA-II (Supplied by Seagate)
Graphics Card: MSI Radeon X1950 Pro (Supplied by MSI)
Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Drivers: Intel INF 184.108.40.2063, ATI Catalyst 7.3 and DX9c
Our test system has not changed from the Crucial Ballistix memory review - we have kept the same Gigabyte P35 motherboard that has now proven to overclock quite well on the grand scheme of things.
Our control memory is the Corsair PC2-8500 memory modules we have been using in our test system for quite some time mow. These are not the world's greatest overclocking modules; however, they do offer good timings and come in 2GB packs.
Our tests include the memory modules running at their SPD rated timings at 800MHz to gain a benchmark for how they run according to JEDEC standards. We then lowered the timings on the modules as low as possible to gain as low latency results are possible. This worked out to be 4-4-5-18 on the OCZ memory and 5-4-5-15 on the Corsair memory.
Lastly clock speed overclocking was done. We ran the memory modules at their highest possible speeds with SPD running. We managed 591MHz on the OCZ (2 x 512MB) and 536MHz on our Corsair (2 x 1GB) modules.
EVEREST Ultimate Edition
Version and / or Patch Used: 2006
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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.
Despite its lower size, the OCZ Reaper is able to clear the bandwidth hurdles quite convincingly compared to the Corsair modules.