Picking The Right Memory Kit For Intel Core i7 Platforms

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The Test System

The Intel Core i7 Test System

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with Service Pack 1 installed. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. All of the modules were run in triple-channel mode. The pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2 video cards were run in CrossFireX mode with 8.11 CATALYST drivers and the ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard was run using BIOS 0904.  The QPI on the processor was left default at 133MHz; Turbo mode was disabled.

Memory Speeds and Timings Tested:

  • 1066MHz – 7-7-7-20 1T @ 1.60V
  • 1333MHz – 9-9-9-24 1T @ 1.60V
  • 1600MHz – 8-8-8-24 1T @ 1.60V

  • 1866MHz – 8-8-8-24 1T @ 1.60V

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    The memory kit that was used is a triple-channel kit that contains three 1GB memory modules. The 3GB Kingston HyperX 2GHz kit was able to run all the above clock frequencies and timings with no problems at all, so it was the kit that was used for testing.

    Here is the Intel Core i7 Test platform:

    Intel Test Platform

    Component

    Brand/Model

    Live Pricing

    Processor

    Intel Core i7 965

    Motherboard

    ASUS P6T Deluxe

    Memory

    3GB Kingston and Qimonda

    Video Card

    2x Radeon HD 4870X2

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital RaptorX 150GB

    Cooling

    Thermaltake BigWater 760i

    Power Supply

    Corsair HX1000W

    Operating System

    Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

    CPU-Z Test System Screen Shots:

    ASUS P6T Motherboard BIOS Settings

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