Intel Core i5 Memory Group Test weeds out the slackers

by Rafael Hernandez on April 1, 2010 · 0 comments

Memory kits tend to fit into that weird hardware category that only a bulk testing of performance capabilities is an appropriate action given the differences between a reviewer’s testing methods.

ITShootOut has grabbed five different DDR3 memory kits and tested them on their Intel Core i5 testbed which should let the truly great memory options shine through:

To test the performance of each module we employed the two most popular memory bandwidth applications in the industry; Lavalys Everest and Sisoft Sandra. When testing the overclocking prowess of each module we changed the DRAM voltage to 1.65V in the BIOS – the maximum allowed under Intel’s P55 / X58 guidelines – and manually set the timings to 9-9-9-24. We then stressed the RAM at each of our speed “hurdles” for 2 hours using a combination of Prime 95 on blend mode and Intel’s Linpack benchmark. If it passed this test it was considered stable and we moved onto the next speed bump.

Some interesting results, then again that extra voltage no doubt gives some of the memory a well deserved advantage when overclocking

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