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G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 (1600MHz) 8GB Kit - Test System Setup and PCMark Vantage

By: Shawn Baker | DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 4:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: G.Skill



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, MSI, Kingston, Noctua, Mittoni and Corsair.


Today we'll be looking at the G.Skill kit against the Kingston kit we recently looked at. Of course, we'll be including the G.Skill kit at its default speed and its overclocked one. Make note, though, that at 1800MHz DDR the CPU is running only at 3784MHz.


Due to the lower CPU speed when the memory is overclocked, what I've done is drop the multiplier on the CPU to 20x and just increase the BCLK a little to keep us around the 4.2GHz mark. And while we won't have as high a clock speed on the RAM, we do have 1676MHz DDR at 4189MHz.




You can see the validation here.


Let's get started!


Important Note: When modules are overclocked we adjust the BCLK which not only lets us fine tune the MHz out of a module, but in turn increases the overall CPU clock speed. While we always make the effort to include the BCLK and CPU Speed in our graphs, please just make sure that you make note of these when looking at the results. In some tests that don't purely test the memory speed the extra MHz on offer from the CPU can increase the result. Of course, it's worth noting that having faster memory gives you the ability to run your CPU at a higher speed.


PCMark Vantage


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PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows Vista offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.


A PCMark score is a measure of your computer's performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.


From desktops and laptops to workstations and gaming rigs, by comparing your PCMark Vantage score with other similar systems you can find the hardware and software bottlenecks that stop you getting more from your PC.




You can see that when we moved to 1800MHz DDR, because the CPU clock was so much lower, the overall speed isn't there from the kit. In the memory benchmark bit, though, we don't see a huge change in performance.


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