by Rob Williams on March 20, 2006 in Memory
Are you in the DDR2 market and want a speedy kit at a good price? The kit we are looking at today have a modest DDR2-533 stock speed and fantastic 3-3-3 timings. They also turn out to be good overclockers, making them a good value.
To test out the modules, I used the usual variety of benchmarking tools:
- CPU: Pentium D 820 @ 2.8GHz
- Motherboard: ASUS P5WD2-E Premium
- Memory: OCZ 2GB Gold PC2-4200 XTC
- Video: eVGA 7800GT 256MB PCI-E
- Sound: Realtek HD Audio
- Storage: WD 200GB 7200 8MB
- Odds and Ends: D-Link WiFi PCI Card
- Etcetera: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows x64 Professional SP1, NVIDIA 81.98 Drivers
Because I could not fit the full specs in the graph below, you can see exactly what settings were used by matching the numbers from the OC list:
- 1# 267MHz – DDR2-533 (PC2-4300) @ 1.8v – 3-3-3-12 : 200FSB – CPU 2.8GHz
- 2# 267MHz – DDR2-533 (PC2-4300) @ 1.8v – 3-3-3-12 : 267FSB – CPU 3.74GHz
- 3# 292MHz – DDR2-584 (PC2-4700) @ 1.9v – 3-3-3-12 : 233FSB – CPU 3.29GHz
- 4# 300MHz – DDR2-600 (PC2-4800) @ 2.0v – 3-3-3-12 : 200FSB – CPU 2.8GHz
- 5# 312MHz – DDR2-625 (PC2-5000) @ 2.0v – 3-3-3-12 : 250FSB – CPU 3.50GHz
- 6# 334MHz – DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) @ 2.1v – 3-3-3-12 : 250FSB – CPU 3.50GHz
- 7# 334MHz – DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) @ 2.1v – 3-3-3-12 : 267FSB – CPU 3.74GHz
- 8# 352MHz – DDR2-704 (PC2-5600) @ 2.1v – 4-4-4-12 : 264FSB – CPU 3.69GHz
Lavalys EVEREST 2.21
I chose to use a somewhat outdated version of EVEREST because I am not happy with the results the new one spits out. Lavalys should stop changing their algorithms so often so that each version can be compared to one another. At any rate, let’s get right to it.
Some nice results here. The read and latency is nothing amazing over a 1GB kit, but the write is top-notch.
The SANDRA results are better than what EVEREST spit out. The unbuffered results are superb!