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Corsair, Crucial and Patriot DDR3-1600 (Core-i7)


by Stuart Davidson - 17th February 2009
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Test Systems

3x2Gb Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
3x2Gb Crucial Ballistix 1600MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
3x2Gb Patriot Viper 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24-2T
Intel i7-965EE
Foxconn Blood Rage Motherboard

Samsung SyncMaster 305T
Akasa 1000w PSU
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
Tenda Wireless N USB Adapter
1x Intel 80Gb SSD
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games/benchmarks on RAID 0 Drives)
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
CoolIT Domino ALC

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware Release 182.05
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Adobe Media Encoder CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Cinebench R10 64Bit
Sisoft Sandra Pro Business SP2
Easy CD-DA
Lost Planet Colonies
Counter Strike Source
CCCP (Codec Pack)
PowerDVD 8.0
Everest Ultimate
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows Vista was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice:

Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

Driver Heaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game. Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

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