Testing memory involves running through a series of synthetic benchmarks and also some gaming ones for some real world testing. These results are taken with the modules at stock speeds, rated speeds and at fully overclocked speeds. All these results are then graphed and compared to show the benefits of overclocking.
The tests run were as follows:
- All 3Dmark tests were run at default settings.
- Memory Bandwidth
- Settings at “default”.
- All settings at full, 8xAA, 16xAF, HDR at “high”, 1600*1200
The PC used for testing this kit was our new x38 setup:
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E6750|
|Motherboard||MSI x38 Diamond|
|HDD||Maxtor DiamondMax 20 80GB SATA|
|Power supply||Silverstone Olympian 650W|
|Graphics card||PNY 8800GTS|
The first overclock I performed was to take the modules from 1280mhz to their rated overclock speed of 1600mhz. No problems there so I continued to up and hit a wall at 1640 and had to raise the voltage from the stock of 1.8v to 1.9v. With 2.0v I was able to get up to a max of 1680mhz. No voltage changes or timing loosening could improve this.