PNY XLR8 D22GX93XLP-5 (DDR2 1173) Memory Review

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Test Setup

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Benchmarks and Testing Setup:

Test Platform:

 

Test Platform

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4ghz)

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Motherboard

Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 

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Video Card

ATI X1900 XTX

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Memory

Corsair C6400C4 2 GB kit

 PNY XLR8 D22GX93XLP-5 2 GB kit

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Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB, 16mb Cache

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Cooling

Corsair Nautilus

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Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling 750

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Operating System

Windows XP Professional w/SP2

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All tests were run using a clean install of Windows XP Professional with SP2, using the latest release bios.  For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  Our stock speed testing used settings of DDR800 at 4-4-4-12 and 1.8 vDimm (2.3v for the Reaper).  Timings for our overclocking of the PNY XLR8 ram were set to 5-5-5-18 and 2.5v, but the CPU multiplier was lowered to take the CPU out of the DDR overclocking.  The video card was left at default timings as well for all tests.  For this review, stability was determined by running our battery of tests, plus the ability to complete a SuperPi 32mb test. 

Something to note is this: we started out with intentions of doing this review completely on the 790FX and Phenom platform.  We got all of our ddr800 testing done, and then proceeded to get numbers for the ddr1173 settings and we could not get the 790FX board stable to be able to test.  As a result, we switched everything over to the Intel X38 platform and re-ran ddr800 numbers as well as the default ddr1173 numbers for the XLR8.  We tried to keep the CPU speed as close as we could to its default speed of 2.4Ghz for the ddr1173 testing.  The speed we ran it at was actually 2.34ghz, so as you look at the results, keep in mind that the ddr1173 scores are also at a 60Mhz slower CPU speed.  We also did our overclocking of the ddr on the X38 board.  It should also be noted that we were unable to run the PNY XLR8 ram at a 1T command rate on the X38 setup, so all of the results will be displayed using a 2T command rate instead.

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