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Life At 2 GT/s: 6 GB DDR3-2000 Memory Kits Compared
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Test System Configuration
CPU

Intel Core i7 920 (Bloomfield)-2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache

CPU Cooler

Swiftech Apogee GTZ Liquid Cooling

Motherboard

DFI LANPartyUT X58-T3eH8, BIOS 217 (02/17/2009)
Intel X58/ICH10R Chipset, LGA-1366

Graphics

Zotac GeForce GTX260² 896MB
576/999MHz GPU/Shader, GDDR3-2484

Hard Drives

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS
0.3 TB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Power

Coolermaster RS850-EMBA
850W, ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V

Optical

Lite-On LH-20A1L, 20X DVD±R

Software

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Graphics

NVidia Forceware 182.08

Chipset

Intel INF 9.1.0.1007


The DFI LANParty UT X58-T3eH8 was chosen for today’s test platform by comparing test results from our own reviews to those of various memory manufacturers.

Winner of our previous High-End DDR3 comparison, Kingston sent a newer set of its KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX modules to represent the latest memory ICs. The new modules have larger identification labels but otherwise appear identical to the originals seen below.

The retail-boxed Dominator GT DDR3-2000 CAS 8 memory kit includes a fan, but we also wanted to try out Corsair's new thermoelectric cooling device. Though Corsair has its own external liquid cooler capable of handling this small thermal load, we stepped up to a custom component-cooling configuration from Swiftech, which will hopefully improve overall performance even further.

Swiftech’s MCP350 pump provides excellent coolant flow for 3/8” flexible tubing. The company’s MCR220-QP radiator provides around twice the surface area compared to typical external liquid coolers, while its integrated reservoir reduces clutter. Two MCB-120 Radbox Revision 2 spacers provided space to mount the water pump and wall-hang the assembly, while maintaining unrestricted airflow to and from the top fan.

Benchmark Configuration
Stability Test

Memtest86+ v1.70, single pass (~45 minutes)
Max Speed at CAS 9; Min Latency at DDR3-2000, 1866, 1600

Bandwidth Test

SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2 Version 2008.5.14.24
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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