Performance @ 2-2-2-5
We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran SANDRA's Memory Bandwidth test on our Intel and AMD powered test beds with three different types of memory installed...
Just in case it's not clear by the description in our graphs, these tests were conducted with the each set of DIMMs (2x512MB) installed into our test beds, with their timings set by SPD. The SPD (Serial Presence Detect) basically gives the motherboard's BIOS simple information about speeds, timings, manufacturer, etc. In this configuration, the Corsair modules were running with 2-2-2-5 timings, the Kingston modules at 2.5-3-3-8, and the generic PC3200 modules were running at 3-3-3-8. As you can see, even though the timings were quite different from module to module, performance in this test was quite similar. Less than 100MB/s separate the first from the last place finishers. The Corsair sticks were the fastest on both the Intel and AMD test systems, followed by the Kingston sticks. The generic sticks that we picked up at a local computer show have no identifiable markings, but they put up some decent numbers, even though they finished last in this test.