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X58 DDR3 Memory Roundup June 2011

X58 DDR3 Memory Roundup June 2011

X58 DDR3 Memory Roundup June 2011 featuring Patriot, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston and G.Skill Memory Kits

Real World Testing



For our real world testing we first run an encoding test with Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5. This test takes a 4GB RAW 1080p file and converts it to Blu-Ray format and is designed to take advantage of all system resources, including all 12 threads on our i7 CPU. Gaming is represented by a run-through of Shogun 2 at 1280×720 in DX11 mode and we also test the impact these kits have on our Windows boot time as well as an application load (Heaven benchmark). Finally we run stability testing on the modules using various applications such as Prime95 to stress the sticks and test their temperature with an Infra-Red thermometer.


Adobe Media Encoder



Results


Shogun 2 @ 720p



Results


Boot Time



Results


Load Time



Results


Temperature



Results


In the first real world test we see that there are minor gains which can be achieved by three scenarios, the first is an increase in MHz, the second is an increase in amount of memory used and thirdly we have command rate changes which impact performance more than the other timings. This means the Kingston, Crucial and Patriot sticks edge out the other two modules though the difference is only a few seconds. When playing a real game, rather than running 3DMark, we see that performance is very similar across all of the kits.

Boot time and application load time show some variation with the Corsair, Patriot and G.Skill modules performing best in Windows load and the Kingston and Patriot opening our application fastest.

Finally we have temperature testing where the stand out sticks are Corsair’s Vengeance which are using the lowest voltage at 1.5v mixed with tall heatspreaders. Patriot also get an honourable mention at 40.8°C where the copper plate is clearly here for more than just show and despite using 1.65v the large fins on the Kingston modules are clearly doing their job well which allows them to score the second lowest temperature.

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