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Hardware Configuration

Mainstream-Ready? DDR3-1600 Shootout

System Hardware
Socket 775 Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 at 500 MHz FSB, 6x Multiplier
Conroe 65 nm, 3.00 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache
Motherboard Asus P5E3 Premium, BIOS 0505 (06/11/2008)
LGA775, Intel X48 Express chipset
Graphics Card Gigabyte GV-RX385512H (Radeon HD 3850)
670MHz GPU, 512MB GDDR3-1660
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware: 20.07P20
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Power Supply Coolermaster RS850-EMBA (850W, ATX12V v2.2)
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0.6000 (Vista Retail)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.0
Platform Drivers Intel INF
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 8.4

Getting a good memory overclock requires a good motherboard, so we picked the memory-overclocking winner from our X48 Comparison Part 2, the Asus P5E3 Premium retail revision 1.0.

We wanted to test the fastest memory at DDR3-2000, DDR3-1666, and DDR3-1333, so we changed our CPU multiplier and FSB clock from 9x 333.3 MHz to 6x 500 MHz, resulting in its original 3.0 GHz clock speed.

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