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AMD Phenom II - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

By: Cameron Johnson | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Mar 11, 2009 4:00 am

Test System


Processor: AMD Phenom II 810


DDR3 Memory: 2x 2GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Dominator (Supplied by Corsair)


DDR2 Memory: 2x 2GB DDR2-1200 Gskill (Supplied by Gskill)


Hard Disk: Intel X25-M 80GB SSD (Supplied by Intel)


Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 1GB (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II Water Cooling


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista X64 SP1


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 9.1 , ForceWare 180.24


Today's tests are done on a single platform, the Jetway combo and the same CPU is used. However, we are testing only DDR2 vs. DDR3 performance here, so we wanted to keep things as uniform as possible.


As mentioned before, in regards to the memory settings both the DDR2 and DDR3 memory were set to AMD's maximum supported speeds of 1066MHz and 1333MHz respectively. Latencies for the DDR2 memory were set to 5-5-5-15, while the DDR3 ran latencies of 9-9-9-24.


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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.


AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance


EVEREST is our first synthetic benchmark and its purpose here is to test the memory only. We can see that the DDR3 memory is able to outperform the DDR2; however, it's still not a huge increase, which is a surprise considering that the processor's on-die memory controller loves high bandwidth and DDR3 has it in abundance.


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