by Rob Williams on December 4, 2006 in Miscellaneous
Super Talent impressed us earlier this year with their PC2-6400 enthusiast kit. Their latest product features DDR2-1000 speeds with a tight CAS latency of 4. Will they impress us once again?
Super Pi is a great tool for wagering the performance of your CPU. The faster the chip, the faster your computer can compute 1 million digits past the decimal in a not so simple Pi equation. Memory latencies and speeds can play a big part in the success of low scores (that being a good thing) so it’s good to include it in our tests.
At our maximum overclock, the Kingston modules gave us a slightly better time. As surprising as it was to see, both kits really did score the -exact- same time on the second setting. Just wanted to clarify before I received an e-mail for a typo that didn’t exist!
Real World Multi-Media Testing
In order to provide more accurate results in our memory and CPU reviews, we are currently in the process of reconsidering which tools we use. We will no longer use PC Mark 05 or 3D Mark 01 in our memory reviews simply because the scores fluctuate far too much in between each test, making it unreliable.
That said, one area of computing that will benefit from faster CPU and memory speeds is multi-media work. This can include DVD Ripping, video conversion, audio conversion and even image conversion. The latter three will be included in our results below. These tests will be refined in the coming weeks and we are hoping to have a solid multi-media benchmarking suite to use in our future reviews.
Before the results though, allow me to explain which each process consists of:
- Image Resize: 234 JPEG images at 10 Megapixel settings (3872×2592) which are batch resized to 800×600
- Audio #1: 15 FLAC files (549MB) are decoded to WAV (flac -d)
- Audio #2: 15 WAV files (783MB) are combined to become 1 (shntool join -o wav)
- Audio #3: A 783MB WAV file is converted into a 320Kbps MP3 (lame -b 320)
- Video Resize: 4 MP4 files (1.76GB) are converted using Nero Recode to fit on an 80m CD
Avoiding the video recoding since it was apparently implemented improperly, the Super Talent modules took the lead the majority of the time here, especially with the max overclock and the Image Resize and Audio #1 tests. Beside those results, the rest all are quite close as expected. The overclocked settings made quite a difference over stock. Not that this is a big deal with these small tests, the benefits would be more evident with seriously time intensive tasks.
When taking a look at a kit of ram that costs over $400, it’s hard to outright recommend them to everyone. There are not too many people who would jump at the opportunity to hand over so much for a kit of ram. If you have the cash and don’t mind the price though, this is a fantastic kit when compared to the competition. The stock timings of 4-5-4 is what helps this stand out among the others, but 4-4-4 would have been even cooler to see. Regardless, 4-4-4 is possible out of the box at the stock timings. Your milage may vary however.
Since these are based on D9GKX chips, these modules have obvious pushing power. If you have a better cpu than I do, perferably one that can hit 3GHz (or a very overclockable Intel), you will easily be able to push these modules further than I was able to. DDR2-1200 speeds should prove to be easily possible, but you would not want to try that without some sort of active cooling. That goes for any heavily overclockable modules though.
If the $400 asking price is a little out of your league, you may want to consider Super Talents PC2-6400 D9GMH based kit. While they may not be able to be pushed as far as these ones, they should be lenient enough to make a happy overclocker out of you.
That said, I am awarding the T1000UX2G4 an 8 out of 10… a fantastic showing from Super Talent. I look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeves next!
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