When all is said and done, DDR3 is going to be the way of the future for quite some time. Though while it has shown early promise, there is a few things we'd still like to see changed. Firstly, in order for DDR3 to become as good as it can be, we need to see Intel move away from the traditional FSB architecture. Intel's FSB can't really take full advantage of the memory bandwidth, the CPU is only able to use around 10GB/s and the rest sits idle; if the rest of the system devices need a chunk then it's free for them.
AMD's memory architecture is much more optimized with the memory controller on the CPU; just about every bit of that bandwidth can be used by the CPU as there is no FSB to go through, just a simple SQI that AMD has designed.
With that said, Intel is looking at moving from FSB to CSI or Common System Interface, a new connection architecture that will result in far greater bandwidth to and from the CPU. If the memory controller remains off the CPU, let's hope that the CSI can use over 20GB/s of bandwidth which DDR3 is likely to generate.
While the Dominator memory looks mean, that's about as far as Corsair really went. Reaching their rated speed is a definite must, but we would have liked to have seen more. If you're going to spend some hard earned dollars on something you'd like to be able to push it just that bit further. For the price you're better off going with Super Talent.
In a nut shell Super Talent's DDR3 1866MHz memory was absolutely a dream to use. We managed to break 2000MHz which we were hoping to see DDR3 do, and with the headroom still there we can only hope to see 2000MHz modules on the market before long. While the packaging did let the Super Talent down we have no other option to give this a Must Have recommendation.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Modules - Super Talent DDR3-1866]
- Page 3 [The Modules - Corsair Dominator DDR3-1800]
- Page 4 [Overclocking the Modules]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Everest]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PCMark05]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Sciencemark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Adobe Premiere Elements]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]