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. The chart was based off of the buffered bandwidth scores.
Results: When it came to unbuffered bandwidth testing the Corsair PC2-6400 easily took the lead since it is running at it’s rated 800MHz with 5-5-5 timings. When it came to buffered scores the Mushkin XP2-5300 kit with it’s 3-3-3 timings was able to score higher than the other kits. The tighter timings make a bigger impact on write scores, so this makes sense.
Everst Ultimate Edition is a professional system information, diagnostics and benchmarking program for Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It also tests the actual read and write speeds of your memory giving a fairly accurate look of true memory performance.
Results: Everest 2.50 confirms the results we saw when running Sandra. The PC2-6400 modules took the win for the read test, but on the write test the Muskin XP2-5300 3-3-3 kit took the slight lead.
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.
Results: Sciencemark showed a nice scale in performance numbers. It is obvious from the bandwidth testing that a 1GB module does score better than a 512MB module in bandwidth testing.
Now let’s move on to some gaming benchmarks and Super Pi!