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When RAM Speed Doesn’t Matter

Scaling Summary: DDR3 Memory On Core 2, Core i7, And Phenom II
When RAM Speed Doesn’t Matter

There are several benchmarks that don’t show any improvement when moving from DDR3-1066 to DDR3-1600, so we decided to exclude these from the article. The tests were:

  • 3DMark Vantage
  • CPU benchmarks, such as Sandra 2008 MFLOPS
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (application of image filters)
  • Apple iTunes (WAV audio to AAC conversion)
  • AVG Anti-Virus
  • 3ds Max
  • Fritz Chess

In some cases, performance actually declined with faster memory when using these programs. This is typically a clear sign of high variance in results, which, again, indicates that it’s probably not worth going for faster RAM when running these applications.

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