|G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 13 June 2011|
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Benchmark Reviews uses synthetic benchmarks to more effectively show difference between the hardware being tested. These tests are very sensitive to the most minor changes and therefore can highlight the performance difference that exist between different sets of RAM.
AIDA64 provides a memory benchmarking tool that scales well with speed but unfortunately does not respond nearly as well to tightening timings. The increase in performance from the Mushkin Redline Enhanced 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 is around 7% for the Read Benchmark increasing from 20264MB/s to 21746.5MB/s. At the same time the G.Skill Sniper performed about 3.5% better at write tests then the Mushkin Redline Enhanced 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 at 23572.5MB/s
One of our newest benchmarking applications MaxxMEM2 provides results that are responsive to speed change. The G.Skill Sniper provides 8.3% more bandwidth at 22437.5MB/s compared to our low latency 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 set of RAM. The write performance is far less interesting with only a ~3% difference between the Sniper and the Redline Enhanced 1600Mhz memory. The last score is an overall memory score in MB/s which has G.Skill's Sniper performing roughly 5% better than the Redline Enhanced 1600Mhz at 22605MB/s.
Using STREAM SiSoft's Sandra provides a near linear performance increase as the speed of RAM increases. While testing I found that moving from G.Skill's RipJaw at 1600Mhz with 9-9-9-24 timings to the Sniper series at 1866Mhz with 9-10-9-28 timing provided a 12% boost in bandwidth moving from 21GB/s to 23.84GB/s for integer buffered performance. The difference in performance provides close to the 14.3% difference in speed that exists between the G.Skill Sniper and RipJaw memory sets that we tested.