The activity cited most often for improved memory speeds is IGP gaming, and as shown in both of our tests of Crystalwell (4950HQ in CRB, 4750HQ in Clevo W740SU), Intel’s version of Haswell with the 128MB of L4 cache, having big and fast memory seems to help in almost all scenarios, especially when there is access to more and more compute units.  In order to pinpoint where exactly the memory helps, we are reporting both average and minimum frame rates from the benchmarks, using the latest Intel drivers available.  All benchmarks are also run at 1360x768 due to monitor limitations (and makes more relevant frame rate numbers).

Bioshock Infinite: Average FPS

Average frame rate numbers for Bioshock Infinite puts a distinct well on anything 1333 MHz.  Move up to 1600 gives a healthy 4-6% boost, and then again to 1866 for a few more percent.  After that point the benefits tend to flatten out, but a bump up again after 2800 MHz might not be cost effective, especially using IGP.

Bioshock Infinite: Minimum FPS

Unfortunately, minimum frame rates for Bioshock Infinite are a little over the place – we see this in both of our dGPU tests, suggesting more an issue with the title itself than the hardware.

Tomb Raider: Average FPS

Similar to Bioshock Infinite, there is a distinct well at 1333 MHz memory.  Moving to 1866 MHz makes the problem go away, but as the MHz rises we get another noticeable bump over 2800 MHz.

Tomb Raider: Minimum FPS

The minimum FPS rates shows that hole at 1333 MHz still, but everything over 1866 MHz gets away from it.

Sleeping Dogs: Average FPS

Sleeping Dogs seems to love memory – 1333 MHz is a dud but 2133 MHz is the real sweet spot (but 1866 MHz still does well).  CL seems to make no difference, and after 2133 MHz the numbers take a small dive, but back up by 2933 again.

Sleeping Dogs: Minimum FPS

Like the average frame rates, it seems that 1333 MHz is a bust, 1866 MHz+ does the business, and 2133 MHz is the sweet spot.

Memory Scaling on Haswell: IGP Compute Memory Scaling on Haswell: Single dGPU Gaming
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  • Nagorak - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    Why did memory prices fluctuate so much since the end of last year and now? The Hynix fire looks to have next to no impact, but the price of memory has nearly doubled since last November/December.
  • aryonoco - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    Ian, I do not want to disparage your work, please take this as nothing but constructive criticism. You do amazing work and the wealth of technical expertise is very clear in your articles.

    But you have a terrible writing style. There are so many sentences in your articles that while technically grammatically correct, are the most awkward ways of saying what you mean. Take a very simple sentence: "In terms of real world usage, on our Haswell platform, there are some recommendations to be made." There are so many ways, much simpler, much cleaner, much shorter to say what you said in that sentence.

    I really struggle with your writing style. I know journalism isn't really your day job and you have a lot of important things to attend to, but please, if you care about this side job of yours as a technical writer, being technical is only half the story. Please consider improving your writing style to make it more readable.
  • Bob Todd - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    I'd wager most of the readers didn't struggle as mightily as you. If you want to critique another's wordsmithery, you might want to find a classier way to do it. Our first exhibit will be sentence one of paragraph two. Surely you could have strung together a couple of words that got your point across without sounding like an ass?
  • Impulses - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that starting a sentence with a But is something you'd typically avoid...
  • Dustin Sklavos - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    "You have a terrible writing style."


    How would you like it if someone came to your place of business and told you "Look, I don't mean to disparage your work, but it makes my cat's hair fall out in clumps."
  • ingwe - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    Yep. This definitely wasn't constructive.

    Ian, I don't see anything wrong with your writing, and I would rather you concentrate on getting articles out than on spending lots of extra time on editing your work.
  • jaded1592 - Sunday, September 29, 2013 - link

    Your first sentence is grammatically incorrect. Stones and glass houses...
  • Sivar - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    What a great article. Tons of actual data, and the numerous charts weren't stupidly saved as JPG. I love Anandtech.
  • soccerballtux - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    so bandwidth starved apps with predictable data requests (h264 p1) really like it but when the CPU has enough data to crunch (winrar) the lower real-world latency time in seconds is worth having.
  • gandergray - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    Ian: Thank you for the excellent article. You provide in depth and thorough analysis. Your article will undoubtedly serve as a frequently referenced guide.

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