I decided I might be able to squeak some more juice out of my system for photoshop so I decided to upgrade a few things one at a time with RAM being my current problem.
My system excluding RAM:
AMD Phenom II X4 840T (can't seem to unlock cores so it has 4)
Samsung 830 128GB SSD (OS + Programs)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB (Data)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB (Dedicated Scratch Drive)
GeForce GT610 with 2GB of dedicated memory
400W Power Supply
Windows 7 64-bit
My old RAM consisted of 2 - 4GB PNY DDR3-1333 and 2 - 2GB Micron DDR3-1333
My new RAM consists of 2 - 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600
I had to go in and manually input the timing on the new RAM (9-9-9-24) as well as bump up the speed to 1600mhz. Based on my research I have everything set up correctly and CPU-z seems to agree. The problem comes in when I run PerformanceTest on my memory both before and after: there is less than 10% difference. In fact, the new setup is running similar scores to DDR2-6400 RAM! I have tried various combinations of ganged and unganged as well as several physical arrangements of the sticks on the MB. Nothing seems to make much of a difference.
I'm going to try and post some pictures, links to pictures at the very least. Anyone have any ideas and does anyone think something is amiss somewhere here?
Ok, I suppose I can understand that. That could account for lack of a performace jump, but what might cause my RAM setup to be benchmarked at 50% of identical RAM on a"random" computer wiith the same exact [model, make, size...] of RAM? Outside of bios setup, it seems there shouldn't be such a disparity in benchmark. The rest of my system isn't that bad (I hope), I just put the motherboard in last week!