I mentioned DDR3-1600 CAS 11 results throughout the article because this JEDEC standard is the baseline for comparing improved parts. Here’s how that performance difference appears on AMD Richland-based platform.
XMP results aren’t important for Adata and Patriot, since the A10 APU wasn’t stable at DDR3-2400 using any memory kit. More important is that both of these modules achieved similar performance at manually-configured DDR3-2133 settings.
Mushkin is the real performance winner on the AMD platform, pushing a 24% performance improvement compared to standard DDR3-1600 while using nothing more aggressive than its rated settings. G.Skill’s DDR3-1866 CAS 10 might get there less expensively through manual tuning, but manual tuning isn’t guaranteed, either.
Intel’s platform does provide stable operation at up to DDR3-2400 data rates, and even lets us push Patriot’s DDR3-2400 kit to DDR3-2666. But the performance benefits are far less noteworthy, as data rates above 2133 MT/s don't help frame rates.
Mushkin’s DDR3-2133 CAS 9 proves its worth by winning, but with only a 10% gain compared to industry-standard DDR3-1600. G.Skill again gets close to it for far less money, but only if you’re sure the sample you buy will overclock as well as the sample we tested.
- Maximizing Integrated Graphics: Data Rate Or Latency?
- Adata XPG V2 DDR3-2400
- AMD Gamer Series RG2133
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1866
- G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-1866
- Mushkin Redline Ridgeback DDR3-2133
- Patriot Viper 3 DDR3-2400
- Test Settings And Overclocking
- Results: Sandra Bandwidth
- Results: Sandra Latency
- Results: Battlefield 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Overall Performance Scaling
- Getting The Most Out Of Richland: Value With A10-6800K
- Getting The Most Out Of Haswell: Value With Core i7-4770K
- Scaling Integrated Graphics Performance With High-End DDR3