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Test Setup

Separating The Wheat from the Chaff: The Latest DDR2 Modules Tested
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Intel Processors (Socket 775)
1066 MHz FSB (Dual DDR) Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46 GHz
FSB1066
Motherboards
Motherboard Gigabyte 8AENXP-DW
Intel 925XE
BIOS F2B (Jan 10, 2005)
Common Hardware
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series
PCI Express GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
Memory: 256 MB GDDR3-SDRAM
Hard Drive Western Digital WD740JB Raptor
74 GB, 8 MB Cache, 10,000 rpm
DVD/CD-ROM MSI MS-8216 16x DVD
Software
Graphics NVIDIA Detonator 66.93
Intel Chipset Driver Chipset Installation Utility 6.0.1.1002
DirectX Version: 9.0c
OS Windows XP Professional, 5.1.2600
Service Pack 2

For the comparison test we were primarily interested in finding out just what the latest DDR2 modules are capable of. For that reason we did not use traditional benchmarks, as the results are practically the same for various DIMMs at the same speed and timing parameters.

We were far more interested in finding out the maximum clock speed and the fasted timings that could be used at that speed. In our opinion, this information is the best indicator of which type of memory works best. To check the stability of the settings we wanted to test, we ran several cycles of the memory test from Prime95.

Test Results At A Glance


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