Corsair PC2-5400UL DDR2 Memory Review

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Memory Performance Testing

Our Test System

Test System:

  • ASUS P5WD2 Premium w/ 0408 BIOS
  • Intel P4 3.73GHz EE (3.6GHz CPU)
  • Corsair HydroCool 200ex Water Cooling
  • Corsair PC2-5400UL Memory @ 667MHz 3-2-2-8
  • Corsair PC2-5400UL Memory @ 800MHz 4-2-2-8
  • Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 Memory @ 667 4-4-4-10
  • nVidia 6800GT Video Card
  • OCZ PowerStream 600W PSU
  • Windows XP Pro w/ SP2

Sisoft; Sandra 2005 SR1:

Sisoft Sandra 2005 is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are, again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance in memory bandwidth.

Corsair 5400UL Sandra Scores

Results: A slight difference in bandwidth is observed when testing the buffered memory, but a more significant difference is noted when looking at the unbuffered data throughput.  Going from loose timings of 4-4-4 to 3-2-2 increased the unbuffered score by almost 200MB/s. Corsair’s 5400UL running the DDR2-800 divider at the same front side bus showed 500MB/s more throughput!   Without any FSB changes we were able to increase or unbuffered bandwidth by 13 percent from our starting point.  

ScienceMark 2.0 Final:

Science Mark 2.0 is an attempt to put the truth behind benchmarking. In an attempt to model real world demands and performance, ScienceMark 2.0 is a suite of high-performance benchmarks that realistically stress system performance without architectural bias. All of our testing was completed on the 32 Bit Final benchmark version that is dated March 21st 2005.

Corsair 5400UL ScienceMark Benchmark

Results: Sciencemark likes the tighter timings a bit, but really loves the additional bandwidth offered when running the Corsair XMS2 5400UL modules at 800MHz with 4-2-2-8 timings.

Now let’s move on to some gaming benchmarks and Super Pi!

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