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Test Setup

Tom's Ultimate RAM Speed Tests
System Hardware
CPU I (high-end dual core) Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (45nm, 3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
CPU II (mature single core) Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (90 nm, 3.73 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Platform S775 Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0
Intel P35 Intel P35, BIOS : F3B
Memory I 2x 1 GB DDR2-1111 Corsair Dominator CM2X1024-8888C4D
Memory II 2x 1 GB DDR3-1600 Patriot PDC32G1600LLK
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU : 670 MHz
Memory : 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power Supply Zalman, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt

DDR2 : Corsair Dominator CM2X1024-8888C4D

The Dominator by Corsair is considered the most sophisticated memory on the market. Not only is it offered in multiple high-end speed grades, but the cooling concept is attractive : heat created by the memory chips is dissipated through a PCB cooler, as well as from the outside of the memory chips. The Dominator DIMMs typically are low-latency modules ; in this case, they can run CL4 timings at up to DDR2-1111 speeds.

Speeds : DDR2-667/800/1066

The following screenshots list the DDR2 memory speeds and timings, which we used for this article. We start with DDR2-667 and go all the way up to DDR2-1066.

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