Samsung Green DDR3L 1600 2x4GB ReviewBluePanda - April 26, 2012
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Memory is often hard to separate from one kit to another in gaming, but when it comes to number crunching and computing some memory provides an extra boost in comparison. To see just what kind of performance this kit has to offer I will be running the sticks through a series of benches to see just how they compare. There will be 4GB and 8GB kits ranging in speed from 1600MHz - 2133MHz tested at native speeds as well as overclocked. Overclocking of course will be dependent on exactly how far the testing rig will allow, but I'll pushed it as far as I can. The testing setup used for these benchmarks is listed below, where Turbo Boost has been disabled to eliminate uncontrolled clock changes that may offset results. The CPU will be run with default clock speeds for baseline testing and bumped up to 4.5 GHz where possible for OC testing. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) and the current AMD Catalyst driver of 11.12 is running.
- Processors: Core i7 2600K @ 3.4GHz 100 x 34
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
- Memory: Mushkin 996805 Redline PC312800 6-8-6-24 1600MHz 4GB
- Video Card: XFX Radeon HD6970
- Power Supply: Mushkin 1000W Joule Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Comparison Module #1: Mushkin Redline 996996 9-11-10-28 2133MHz 2 x 4GB
- Comparison Module #2: G.Skill Sniper F3-12800CL7D-8GBSR 7-8-7-24 1600Mhz 2 x 4GB
- Comparison Module #3: Kingston Special Edition Grey KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX 9-11-9-27 2 x 2GB
CPU-Z: This application visually shows the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings, and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.
Samsung Green DDR3L 1600 Overclocked settings:
- Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K
- Memory: Samsung Green DDR3L 1600 OC @ 2212 11-12-11-28
Overclocking this was pretty straight forward. All I had to do was bump the frequency until memtest failed while upping the speeds, loosening timings if need be. I ended up with an OC of 2212MHz with 11-12-11-28 timings @ 1.65V. I also found tightening up the timings to 8-8-8-28 at 1600MHz just required the same bump in voltage. They overclock well likely due to the fact that they are designed to run at such low voltages for stock settings. The extra overhead on voltage gives a lot of play into what you might get. It really lets you choose tighter timings or higher frequencies. So the latency is roughly the same but the bandwith of the higher frequency is better -- depending on what you are doing the tigheter timings might give you an edge. Honeslty it's almost a wash and which ever one YOU like will benifit you best.
The maximum memory speed for each set of overclocked modules is indicative of how well the modules ran on this test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. That said, your mileage may vary!
The benchmarks used in this review include the following:
- CPU-Z Version 1.58
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark 7
- PCMark Vantage
- Geekbench 2.1
- Super Pi 1.5
- SiSoft Sandra 2012
- Aida 64
- Battlefield Bad Company 2