Test System Setup and wPrimeTest System SetupProcessor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)Graphics Card(s): GIGABYTE GTX 285 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)Operating System: Windows Vista SP1 64-BitDrivers: ForceWare 181.20The particular memory we have with us today is from Crucial and these are quite basic kits. With no heat spreader and a speed rating of just 1333MHz, we thought we would have to adjust our test system.Placing the kits in our test system gave us a nice surprise once we began efforts to clock them up a bit. We managed to push them to 1520MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24. While these timings are quite loose, the kits ran beautifully and allowed us to leave the testbed as is and just get stuck straight into our benchmarking.For those wondering the model numbers of these kits, the 6GB one is CT3KIT25664BA1339 and the 3GB one is CT3KIT12864BA1339, these going for $170.00 and $93.99 USD respectively over at Newegg. While they aren't anything fancy and we haven't done full separate reviews on them yet, the testing we've done today shows that they're impressive modules and offer excellent value for money, especially if you're just looking for memory that doesn't have all the bling of the more expensive modules.Just quickly, before we get into the benchmarks I will make note that our lineup is a combination of synthetic memory and graphics benchmarks along with some real world gaming tests thrown in. In the conclusion we will wrap everything up and also talk about how Windows Vista felt with the two different kits installed.wPrimeVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.62Developer Homepage: http://www.wprime.net/Product Homepage: http://www.wprime.net/
Benchmarks - EVEREST Ultimate EditionEVERESTVersion and / or Patch Used: Ultimate EditionDeveloper Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com/Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=3&ps=UE&lang=enBuy It Here
Benchmarks - SiSoft SandraSiSoft SandraVersion and / or Patch Used: Professional HomeDeveloper Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.ukProduct Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=enBuy It Here
Benchmarks - SciencemarkScienceMark 2.0ScienceMark 2.0 is a mathematical program designed to stress the memory subsystems of both desktop/workstation and server environments to determine the read/write latency as well as the overall memory bandwidth available between the CPU and the memory controller.
Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage3DMark VantageVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.comProduct Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/Buy It Here
Benchmarks - CINEBENCHCINEBENCH R10Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net
Benchmarks - Far Cry 2Far Cry 2Version and / or Patch Used: 1.01Timedemo or Level Used: Ranch LongDeveloper Homepage: http://www.ubi.com/Product Homepage: http://www.farcry2.com/Buy It Here
Benchmarks - Left 4 DeadLeft 4 DeadVersion and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam UpdateTimedemo or Level Used: Custom TimedemoDeveloper Homepage: http://www.valvesoftware.com/Product Homepage: http://www.l4d.com/Buy It Here
Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AFHigh Quality AA and AFOur high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren't struggling before they will start to now.Far Cry 2
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsThe first thing I have to say is that these little Crucial memory modules were extremely surprising when it came to overclocking ability. In an individual review I wouldn't hesitate giving these modules an Editor's Choice award thanks to the competitive price and overall excellent performance they offer.Moving away from the modules themselves and having a closer look at the two configurations, we find that double the amount of memory is doing very little in everything from synthetic memory benchmarks all the way to real world games. One of the biggest advantages when moving from 2GB of memory to 4GB of memory was that your overall Vista experience felt smoother and snappier. But moving from 3GB to 6GB doesn't really give us this effect and with 3GB of memory everything is still running very nicely. While for most people they thought that going from 2GB to 4GB of memory gave the best performance increase, it was more so moving from 2GB to 3GB+ that helped the most.Does this mean that 6GB kits are pointless? No! - For people who multi-task heavily, the extra memory is extremely handy. Also, start throwing programs like Photoshop and other graphics rendering / creating programs into it and the extra memory is not really wanted; rather, it's needed.From a gaming perspective, though, even at the ultra intensive 2560 x 1600 resolution the extra memory does very little for extra performance and while your games might load ever so slightly faster, for people on a tight or strict budget the increase doesn't warrant the extra cost that is carried with moving to a 6GB kit.Depending on who you are will decide on how much memory you get. If you have the money or just want the best you're going to end up with 6GB. If you multi-task a lot and use your computer for work that runs memory intensive programs, then you will no doubt end up with 6GB or even 12GB. If you're on a budget or would rather spend the money you save by buying a 3GB kit over a 6GB one in order to upgrade your graphics card, you will end up with 3GB of memory and still be extremely happy.Don't let someone tell you that buying 6GB is a must; if you're not the kind of user that is going to use it, the money could be better spent in other areas where a bigger impact will be made on performance.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm CDT
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