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Crysis + 9 VMs: Core i7 and 24GB RAM

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Kingston memory demonstrated an Intel Core i7 920 system (YouTube) this week packed with 24 GB of DDR3 of the company's ValueRAM memory. The goal of course, was to show off how stable the system can be with a total of nine virtual machines running simultaneously. The cherry on top was having Crysis run on one of the nine VMs.

The system was configured with the following hardware:

- Intel Core i7 920
- Gigabyte GA-EX58 UD5 motherboard
- Six 4 GB DDR3 modules totaling 24 GB
- Unnamed Nvidia graphics card

The demo ran through an overnight run of MemTest86+ showing the system as being rock solid. Then, Windows Vista was loaded with VMware Server and nine Vista VMs were loaded. Crysis was launched on the last VM, and seemingly performed well--although no actual gameplay was shown. At this point, we'll have to say that the loading screen for Crysis is really not a valid indication of true performance. It's a shame Kingston did not allow the game to run through.

The system at its peaked however, used just 21 GB of memory with 3 GB to spare.

Clearly this was a demonstration of Kingston's ValueRAM stability, but honestly, the same can be accomplished with memory from other manufacturers too. The cost of Kingston's ValueRAM however, is usually significantly less than "higher-end" memory.

Which memory manufacturer do you prefer? Do you care about any particular brand? Or are you game with any memory that's simply compatible?

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    tipoo , March 5, 2009 6:51 PM
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    StupidRabbit , March 5, 2009 7:00 PM
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    Tekkamanraiden , March 5, 2009 7:00 PM
    Wow that a lot of memory.
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    etrnl_frost , March 5, 2009 7:08 PM
    I have had no problems with Crucial - either their Ballistix line or otherwise. And they're quite a bit less expensive than Kingston.
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    08nwsula , March 5, 2009 7:08 PM
    I prefer Patriot
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    mrubermonkey , March 5, 2009 7:14 PM
    Would have been impressive eight virtual machines running with eight separate instances of Crysis running on all of the virtual machines and actual simultaneous game play, possible using four GTX 295 (Obviously not in SLI).
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    ckthecerealkiller , March 5, 2009 7:18 PM
    For value G.Skill or Patriot
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    bone squat , March 5, 2009 7:31 PM
    I wanted to see some benchies. What a pointless article. I don't care what brand the RAM is so long as it is reliable. I find Kingston to be the most compatible and reliable but Gskill and OCZ have been great so far too.
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2009 7:33 PM
    So a core i7 and 24 gigs of ram just to run 9 copies of vista at idle, doing nothing. And one copy of crysis at the into screen doing nothing.

    This is suppose to be impressive how? Ok they found a way to eat 24 gigs of ram....doing nothing.....leet?
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    waikano , March 5, 2009 7:33 PM
    Patriot, for several reasons, but Made in the US is always nice to see on Tech Stuff.
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    radnor , March 5, 2009 7:38 PM
    Of course they didn't run the game. It is not "easy" to use powerfull GPUs on VMware, you got to reserve it.

    And much less 8 Instances of it running full power. I can't imagine the mess it would be. Not to talk about keyboards,mouse, soundcards, ad nauseam.

    Pretty great it "executed" crysis on a "emulated" GPU.
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    A Stoner , March 5, 2009 7:43 PM
    Don't care. I need large quantities and who ever provides the high qantity and with some descent speed for a price I can afford gets the cash.
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    ahslan , March 5, 2009 8:00 PM
    LOL!!! that is sooo awesome! I personally am a G.Skill fanboy...they have really good prices and great quality ram
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    The Schnoz , March 5, 2009 8:04 PM
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    hellwig , March 5, 2009 8:08 PM
    I didn't realize VMWare provided direct-access to the graphics card.

    Stupid Microsoft VirtualPC provides a fake Intel graphics adapter with no connection to the underlying DirectX hardware. Of course, it doesn't support USB either, which makes it a wholly worthless piece of crap. No wonder its now free.
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    Daguava , March 5, 2009 8:19 PM
    Mushkin memory all the way.
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    tpi2007 , March 5, 2009 8:22 PM
    I have two kits of Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory, both running flawlessly.

    The first one I bought was 2 x 1 GB, running at 667 Mhz with 4-4-4-12 timings at 1.9, absolutely stable and barely warm (curiously it didn't like running at the stock JEDEC standard of 667 at 5-5-5-15 at 1.8v - it ran flawlessly but it produced a lot more heat than at 1.9v 4-4-412 timings. It's weird, but it's true)

    The second is a 2 x 2GB XMS2 DHX running at 800Mhz with stock timings of 5-5-5-18 and stock voltage of 1.8v.

    Both of them were being sold for very competitive prices at this quality.
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    jawshoeaw , March 5, 2009 8:50 PM
    Vista doing nothing = doing too much
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    jhansonxi , March 5, 2009 8:51 PM
    I've had several pairs of Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2.2V modules fail. I've had a pair of Corsair TwinX DDR 400 fail. Both were replaced under warranty and I don't hold a grudge against either brand. But having experienced data corruption with faulty RAM I went with 8GB of Kingston KVR800D2E5K2/4G ECC memory in my Asus M3A78-EM. With a large amount of memory the chance of a bad or flipped bit is rather high and the performance penalty is minor. Unregistered ECC modules are not much more than non-ECC. The Kingstons were only $45/pair.
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    voodooaddict , March 5, 2009 9:16 PM
    Where can you even get 4GB DDR3 Modules?
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