by Rob Williams on February 26, 2007 in Memory
If you are on the lookout for an extreme overclocking kit but don’t want to make a huge withdrawal at the bank, then the DOMINATOR 9136 kit will be worth your consideration.
Everest is another tool I use regularly, for similar reasons to Sandra. It’s a quick and easy way to see how your memory overclocks scale to each other. Once again, great results all around. One interesting thing to note though, are the bottom two results again. In our Sandra tests, we saw that the extra frequency compared to tighter timings didn’t really have an advantage. Here however, our DDR2-800 with 4-4-4 timings outperforms the DDR2-1000 with 5-5-5 timings.
The Write results are also apparently heavily CPU dependant. The bottom four results were all done with a clock speed of 2.4GHz and the results are spot on. This chart below perfectly shows just how beneficial overclocks can be on your latency. Moving from the already speedy stock speed to our maximum shaved off near 5ns.
In our Sciencemark tests, we can see again how beneficial tighter timings are over higher frequencies. The bottom two results prove that well, with DDR2-800 actually providing better bandwidth over DDR2-1000 thanks to it’s 4-4-4 timings. Our top overclock helped up break through the 6,000 mark, with stock speed still having a nice result.
Super Pi is the only benchmark we run in our memory reviews that doesn’t directly affect the RAM itself. Instead, we are looking to see how beneficial faster memory is when it comes to hardcore CPU intensive tasks, suck as calculating Pi to 8 Million digits.
The bottom four results to me are the most interesting, simply because they were all run with the identical clock speed. The only thing that was changed was the memory frequency or timings. DDR2-1000 4-4-4 proved faster than DDR2-1066 4-4-4 which could be due to a number of reasons. Perhaps at the higher clock speed, some secondary timings were affected. Those timings in question are not available from within the BIOS though, so I am unable to state that fact for certain.