PQI's PQI24200-1GDB DDR2 Turbo Memory Kit

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Performance with SPD Settings

 

Performance Comparison with SiSoft SANDRA 2004
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We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, focusing our attention on the Memory Benchmark.  We started by setting the memory by SPD, but as we said earlier, the test board set the timings to 4-4-4-12.  So, in the these tests we manually set the timings to the correct 3-3-3-8 timings the memory is designed to run at.  For comparison, throughout the review we compared the performance to 1GB of Corsair's XMS2 PC5300 as a reference point, matching timings and speed as close as possible.


PQI24200-1GDB
(3-3-3-8)

XMS2-5300Pro
(3-3-3-8)


The PQI Turbo memory stacked up well against the Corsair XMS2 memory we used for reference.  The PQI memory came in around 40MB shy of the Corsair in both the Integer and Floating point tests.  This is a marginal difference in performance overall.

Performance Comparison with PCMark04
Overall Memory Score

The next benchmark we ran was the PCMark04 Memory Performance test, isolating the test to memory intensive benchmarks on both modules.

We continued to see a slight performance advantage in favor of the Corsair XMS2, but again, the scores were very close, giving the edge to Corsair by 16 points.  In the next round, we'll shift from the synthetic testing to some more real world examples to see how each module compares.

In-Game Performance Comparisons With Wolf: ET
System Memory Affects Frame rates?  You Bet!

For this run, we loaded Wolfenstein: ET with the graphics set to the bare minimum.  This reduces the effects of the video card on the results, allowing us to see a truer representation of the memory's performance.

Interestingly, contrary to what we were seeing with the synthetic tests, Wolfenstein: ET favored the PQI24200-1GDB Turbo memory by almost 4FPS.  Next, we'll see just how much lower we can set the latencies on these modules and then we'll run the same set of tests again to see what performance gains are possible.

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