Memory Scaling on Core i7 - Is DDR3-1066 Really the Best Choice?by Gary Key on June 24, 2009 9:00 AM EST
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Game Performance – Overclocked with SLI
Once again, we overclock our Core i7 920 to 3.8GHz (19x200) and run our standard game benchmarks at 1680x1050 2xAA HQ settings in single card and SLI configurations. This is a short synopsis of the results, but our other game benchmarks along with a 1920x1080 resolution performed in a similar manner. It appears in most of our games that minimum frame rates and sometimes average frame rates responded to the latency advantages inherent in 1200 C5 operation compared to the pure bandwidth advantage in 2000 C8.
We set the performance feature set to Very High, graphics to High, and enable DX10 with AA set to 2x. The in-game benchmark tool is utilized with the Ranch Small level being selected for demo duties.
Average frame rates are up an astounding (had to make it interesting) 1% utilizing 1200 C5 over 2000 C8 while minimum frame rates improve by a ground shattering 0% when moving from 1200 C5 to 2000 C8 in single card results. In SLI operation, average frame rates improve by a familiar 1% as we crank up memory speed while minimum frame rates are 1% better when using 1200 C5 compared to 2000 C8. Obviously, the impact on actual game performance was nonexistent with any of our memory choices.
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II
We crank all options to High, enable AA, and then run the built-in performance benchmark for our result.
In our stock tests, this game responded very well to memory changes as average frame rate performance increased by 3% and minimum frame rates by 41% when moving from 1066 C7 to 1600 C6. However, in single card mode we see a minimal impact on average frame rates while minimum frame rates improve by 12% using 1200 C5 compared to 2000 C8. In SLI mode, average frame rates increased almost 3% moving from 1200 C5 to 2000 C8 but minimum frame rates improved a little over 2% with 1200 C5 having the advantage over 2000 C8.
World in Conflict - Soviet Assault
We set our options to High, DX10, 2xAA. 4xAF, and then utilize FRAPS to track a repeatable game sequence for our results.
Our single card results have the average frame rates flat lining but we do see a drop in minimum frame rates with DDR3-1600 C8. In the SLI test, average frame rates improve by 2% and minimum frame rates by 5% when moving from 1200 C5 to 1600 C6.