A well-qualified test for memory modules isn't as trivial to set up as is the case for most other PC components. We used the Wstream and Everest benchmark programs, because their test results are extremely stable, and because they deliver a high level of confidence when it comes to comparing modules. The Wstream program supports multiple processors, so that the front side bus between the CPU and the memory interface may be loaded more effectively.
Wstream is only available in source code form; we tailored that code to our requirements, then compiled it in C++.
When it comes to benchmark results, the Everest software varies so little as to be unnoticeable, and helps measure memory latency.
Everest Ultimate Edition 2006, Version 2.50.480, produces extremely stable and easily-reproducible results.
For a long time now, THG labs has worked with multiple powerful, accurate measurement tools to testing memory, so as to be able to verify and cross-check those results. It's a fact that there is no normalized or official test for memory throughput, which means everything depends on the algorithms implemented in whatever testing software is used. Thus, for example, you'll see that Wstream reports write access speeds of 3.7 GB/sec for a DDR2-667 module, while Everest reports 2.8 GB/sec for the same module, because of a different algorithm.
We decided to forgo use of the popular "SiSoft Sandra 2006" for this test for two reasons: First, the "Service Pack 3" version of that program won't run on a motherboard with an Intel 975X chipset. Second, the pervious "Service Pack 2" version of that software exhibits such wide variations in its benchmark results that it makes comparing multiple modules meaningless. This is nothing new to experienced users: SiSoft Sandra doesn't aim at PC freaks or serious overclockers.
- Optimal DRAM For Overclocking
- DDR2 Parts Details
- Two DRAM Sides Are Better Than One
- BIOS Settings To Boost Performance
- CL4 Or CL3: Boosts Performance By Up To 5%
- More Speed By Tightening Latency Timings
- Boosting Memory Clock Speed: 23% Performance Gains
- Here's How We Tested At THG's Munich Labs
- Wstream And Everest Benchmarks
- Overclocking Tests And Motherboards Used
- Default Settings Test: DDR2-667
- Default Settings Test: DDR2-667, Continued
- Overclocking By Tightening Timings
- Overclocking By Tightening Timings, Continued
- Overclocking To The Max
- Overclocking To The Max, Continued
- Only Asus Boards Convince
- An Overview Of The 16 Test Candidates
- Aeneon DDR2-533: Unbeatable Price/Performance
- Buffalo's DDR2-667 Is Unspectacular, But Solid
- Corsair DDR2-1000: Absolutely The Fastest
- Crucial/Micron DDR2-667 (Ballistix) Is Geared For Overclocking
- GeIL's DDR2-533 Fails To Impress
- G.Skill's DDR2-675 Confusing Label
- Kingmax DDR2-667: Choose The Chip's Color
- Kingston DDR2-900 Offers Minimal Overclocking
- Mushkin DDR2-667's Double-Sided Module With A Need For Speed
- OCZ DDR2-800: The Third-Fastest Test Candidate
- Patriot Memory DDR2-1000 Offers Top Performance Reads At 8.6 GB/sec
- PQI's DDR2-667 Is Fast, With No Overclocking Headroom
- Samsung DDR2-667: Conservative RAM Sans Overclocking
- Twinmos' DDR2-667 Is Slow, But Overclocks Well
- Wintec's (AMP) DDR2-667: 475 MHz When Overclocked