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Date: March 12th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Kingston Technology
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BENCHMARKING SETUP AND COMPOSITION



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Benchmarking Programs Used:


- 3DMARK2001SE
- PCMARK2002 (MEMORY)
- SISOFT SANDRA MEMORY BANDWIDTH BENCHMARK
- GLEXCESS v1.2V BENCHMARK
- QUAKE 3 Q3CRUSH DEMO BENCHMARK


Processor Configurations Used:


- 2.4C @ 3.0Ghz (DDR400) (5:4) (2-5-3-2 Ram Timings)Corsair PC3200
- 2.4C @ 3.0Ghz (DDR500) (1:1) DDR500 Corsair TwinX XMS4000pro
- 2.4C @ 3.0Ghz (DDR500) (1:1) DDR500 Kingston HyperX PC4000


Benchmarking Explained:


With the different configurations seen above, I will be testing the Kingston HyperX PC4000 memory clock for clock against the equivalent Corsair TwinX PC4000 Modules and the Corsair TwinX PC3200 Memory modules I have reviewed previously.


The one main difference which will be labeled in every graph is that I test the slower Corsair TwinX PC3200 at 2-5-3-2 memory timings whereas I could only test the XMS4000 and HyperX PC4000 at 3-8-4-4. Even at DDR400, the HyperX PC4000 would not boot even into the BIOS if 2-5-3-2 timings were applied. But as you will see, timings don't play a huge role in memory performance. When it comes to raw data transfer, megahertz matters and this is where the PC4000 pulls away from everyone.


Everything else is absolutely identical right down to the software and drivers. I will not be testing this memory at the CPU's highest overclock seeing to do so, I would be using the memory divider and essentially underclocking the memory below it's rated speed.


What I will show you is just how much of an overclock you can obtain through pushing up the front side bus and keep the divider at it's 1:1 stock ratio. This brings about a massive overall performance boost to the whole computer and contributes to a noticeable reduction in OS and program load and execution timeframes.


Let's see how it performed....

 

 


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