Although DDR3 is still fresh to the computing industry, there are surprisingly many different kits available right now. For our first DDR3 review, we are taking a fresh look at one of the first kits made available back in May, OCZ’s DDR3-1333 CL7.
If there is one benchmarking tool that we at Techgage know well, it’s SiSoftware’s Sandra. It’s proven to be a great tool simply because it has so many uses, including diagnostics, information reporting and of course, benchmarking. The company released their latest version, XII (2008), this past Monday. Starting with this review, we will use it instead of XI.
As far as raw bandwidth goes, the benefit is clearly with our DDR3-1500 overclock. It gave us a full 1,000MB/s boost over our DDR3-1066 underclock, despite the much more loose timings.
Our latency reports show a different story though. While bandwidth proved far better, latencies were slightly worse off with our largest overclock. This is most likely because of the 8-8-8 timings, as the modules were far from being overheated.
Super Pi is a great benchmarkers tool, but it serves no real purpose except to help you brag about your overclocks. It’s a very CPU-intensive tool, but faster ram can help out greatly as well.
As seen in our Sandra latency report, the top overclock once again delivered slower results thanks to the lower timings. Now, if 7-7-7 was stable at 750MHz, the differences would be far greater.