|G.Skill ECO 4GB DDR3 Memory Kit F310666CL7D|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Monday, 10 May 2010|
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Application Performance Results
Crysis needs no introduction at Benchmark Reviews. Try playing this 2 years old game with the latest GPUs available without getting 60 FPS as you desire. That's enough to make us choose this game for the tests. Any high-end GPU will scream at high resolutions with this game, which means it is very high GPU dependant.
Crysis Benchmark is a very special case where 99% performance relays on your GPU. This means RAM and CPU overclocking won´t make noticeable differences on final performance. For example, in this case, going from 1333MHz to 1600MHz barely gave more than 1 FPS gain. The reason I choose this game is simple: latest games will become more and more GPU-dependant, so, testing old CPU dependant games won´t show the trend for future games as this will do. Of course, if you want to improve your gaming experience, you´ll need to change your GPU, and leave your CPU and RAM alone as long as they are up to the task and not a bottleneck for the rest of your PC.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 is our new contender for the memory suite. This program can benefit from both CPU and memory, and additionally, it supports Nvidia CUDA and ATI Stream. Retouch Artists Test does a list of basic processes into an image similar to what someone would do to edit their vacation photos. There are some image resizing, duplicated layers, colors levels and image adjustments involved on the test. Notice the more MHz, the faster performance. But again, the gain is so small that I can´t say the memory is worth it enough. Maybe we should try some harder tests so that we can see if the gain is bigger there.
While this is not a formal Benchmark (basically because we need to count the time with an external clock), it reports a little gain when using 1600MHz. From the worst to the best result, there is less than 1 second difference, which means overclocking won´t do a lot here. Now imagine those numbers reflect hours instead of seconds and you will definitively see a change, but still not worth sacrificing power consumption and temperatures.
WinRAR is a very simple, yet useful application. How many times do you compress or decompress random files in a day? Well, WinRAR has its own integrated benchmark which measures an average of KB/s compression. This application supports multi-threading, 64 bits OS, and it´s very CPU dependant. There is a 5% performance improvement using 1600MHz compared to the worst result. Not really a mayor change, but it´s still there.
Summarizing the application performance results, we can see that overclocking RAM isn´t a big deal nowadays, and I have not mentioned Core i7 results, where CPUs with bigger caches definitively ignore RAM frequency and latencies. In fact, for application tests the best configuration is 1333MHz 6-6-6 with barely 1.35v. That will make your whole PC run cooler and shave some watts from your overall power consumption.