Buffalo FireStix: Red Hot Name for a New High-End Memoryby Wesley Fink on July 22, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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Performance Test ConfigurationThe Buffalo FireStix PC4000 were tested on our standard Intel Pentium 4 Memory testbed. The hardware for evaluating FireStix PC4000 is the same used in our earlier reviews of DDR400 and faster Memory.
All test conditions were as close as possible to those used in our earlier memory reviews. We have also eliminated from our charts any memory that has been discontinued, including Winbond BH5 & BH6 versions from several vendors and earlier versions of several current memory products.
|INTEL 875P Performance Test Configuration|
|Processor(s):||Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (800MHz FSB)|
|RAM:||2 x 512MB Buffalo FireStix PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Shika XRAM PC4400 (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC4400 EL Gold (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair 3200XL PRO (DS)
2 x 256MB Samsung PC4000 (SS)
2 x 512MB OCZ 3700EB (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ 3500EB (DS)
2 x 512MB PMI4200 Gold (DDR533 DS)
4 x 256MB Samsung PC3700 (DDR466 SS)
2 x 512MB Kingmax DDR500 Hardcore Series (DS)
2 x 512MB Kingmax DDR466 Hardcore Series (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair XMS4400v1.1 TwinX (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC4400 DC Kit (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev. 2 (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ 4200EL(DS)
2 x 512MB Mushkin PC4000 High Performance (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair TwinX4000 PRO (DS)
2 x 256MB Adata DDR450 (SS)
2 x 512MB Adata PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Geil PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC4000 (DS)
|Hard Drives:||2 Western Digital Raptor Serial ATA 36.7GB 10,000RPM drives in an Intel ICH5R RAID configuration|
|PCI/AGP Speed:||Fixed at 33/66|
|Bus Master Drivers:||875P Intel INF Update v5.00.1012, SATA RAID drivers installed, but IAA NOT installed|
|Video Card(s):||ATI 9800 PRO 128MB, 128MB aperture, 1024x768x32|
|Video Drivers:||ATI Catalyst 4.6|
|Power Supply:||Vantec Stealth 470 Watt Aluminum|
|Operating System(s):||Windows XP Professional SP1|
|Motherboards:||Asus P4C800-E (875) with 1016 Release BIOS|
We have found the fastest performance on Intel 865/875 to be achieved at Cycle Time or tRAS of 5, or the fastest tRAS setting that is stable with the tested memory. Therefore, Intel platform benchmarks were run with the fastest stable tRAS timings.
Test SettingsWe ran our standard suite of memory performance benchmarks. The following settings were tested with Buffalo FireStix PC4000:
- 800FSB/DDR400 - the highest stock speed supported on 875/865 and K8T800/nF3/SiS755 motherboards.
- 1000FSB/DDR500 - a standard speed rating we have used in testing the highest speed memory available and the rated speed of Buffalo FireStix.
- Highest Stable Overclock - the highest settings we could achieve with this memory and other memory that we have tested.