by Rob Williams on October 10, 2005 in Memory
Corsair have just launched what they call the fastest ASUS compatible DDR1 memory on the market. At PC3500 and CAS2, these 1GB sticks soar past the competition. Let’s see just how overclockable they are, and see how far we can push them while keeping our beloved CAS2.
For gaming, we chose to use Half-Life 2 and Doom III. Only custom tests are used to gather scores, no benchmarking tools have been used. Each run is 5 minutes long, and is timed with Fraps. Fraps is also what gives us the resulting average FPS. Because we do the runs ourselves, each run will be different because of varying situations in the games. Benchmarking this way gives a much more accurate look on the performance, however.
Please remember that the timings listed in the graphs are for the Corsair memory only. Please refer to page 2 for the timings on the other modules. They are not much different, but they will still likely make a difference.
In Doom III, I am playing through the Caverns Area 1 (map game/caverns1) level. This is like most other levels in the game, dark and monsters pop out from every corner. This game was run in at 1280*1024, High Quality with 4x Anti-Aliasing. Because of the immense amount of monsters in this area, God Mode was used to assure I’d survive the entire 5 minutes ;)
For our Half-Life 2 run, I loaded up one of my favorite levels, Canals. We started off at point 7 (map d1_canals_07), which starts you off beside your hovercraft. The game was run at 1280*1024, 4xAA, 16xAF and everything else maxed.
The results are very impressive! The Corsair modules performed better in all instances, which the tighter timings have helped I’m sure. Because the other modules tested could not support lower TRCP and TRP rates like the Corsair could, this is why we likely see better gaming performance with them. Great stuff.