Test System & Methodology
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 B55 3.2GHz (3.8GHz OC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H rev. 1.1
RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3-2133 CL9 (KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX)
GPU: MSI AMD Radeon HD5850 1GB OC Edition
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 16MB
PSU: Zalman Z600-HP
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Memory testing is the same as any other in that here at XSReviews our aim is to provide a set of clean, reliable benchmarks. For each test, the benchmark was repeated three times and then an average taken or where results were inconsistent, tests were continued until two concordant results were reached.
Our testing suite deliberately excludes any form of games testing as in our experience memory only contributes to very small performance differences and so it is our opinion that whether a particular set of memory achieves a 1 FPS increase over another set is fairly insignificant.
Thus, the software used for testing is as follows:
- Lavalys Everest
- Sisoft Sandra
SuperPi 32M results are not shown as these are only used to test stability and can’t be compared since CPU clock-for-clock results aren’t simliar. This means that when overclocking RAM the CPU speed can’t always be exactly the same, when trying to achieve the best possible speeds at fixed memory timings.