Test System and Setup
Since our X470 Gaming Pro Carbon's firmware was a few revisions behind out of the box, we updated the motherboard to the latest public BIOS. Memory support can improve tremendously from one revision to another. It's good practice to always use the latest revision for your BIOS to ensure proper support for new memory kits. For our testing, we left all the BIOS settings at their default stock values.
For the operating system, we used a fresh 64-bit installation of Windows 10 Professional with the October 2018 Update. We also updated the test system's drivers, benchmarking programs, and game clients to the latest versions available. Here's a thorough list of the parts in our test setup.
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 2700X ($294.99 On Newegg) (opens in new tab)|
|Motherboard||MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon ($192.95 On B&H Photo Video) (opens in new tab)|
|Memory||G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-4400 C18 16GB ($329.99 On Newegg) x 2 (opens in new tab)|
|Storage||CT2000 MX500 2TB (opens in new tab)|
|CPU Cooler||Hydro H115i (opens in new tab)|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio ($1,349.99 On Newegg) (opens in new tab)|
|Power Supply||Seasonic X-1250 (SS-1250XM2) 1250W|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro (opens in new tab) with October 2018 Update|
|Display Driver||Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver 417.35 WHQL|
|Display||Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ|
We picked and tested eight different memory speeds starting from JEDEC's DDR4-2133 guideline to DDR4-3466. Rather than utilizing the default profiles inside the BIOS, we've opted for a manual setup. Afterward, we verified the memory speed inside the operating system with CPU-Z. We ran each benchmark three times and picked the median value as the final result for comparison between each memory configuration. Below is a list of all our test speeds and timings. On the next page, we'll dig into the tests, and start to get a sense of how memory speeds affect performance on Ryzen.
|Memory Frequency||Memory Timings|
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