|Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB DDR3-1600|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 12 December 2011|
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AIDA64 Memory Test
Benchmark Reviews has used AIDA64 and its predecessor Lavalys Everest for years, mainly for its processor benchmarks and CPU stress-testing features. But it also includes a "Cache and Memory Benchmark" that performs read, write, and copy bandwidth tests on a system's installed memory.
Corsair's Vengeance LP memory turns in noticeably better scores than the generic DDR3-1333 memory, especially in the read test where it's about 12% faster. It's narrowly edged out by the Kingston memory at 1866MHz, but more decisively beaten by the Kingston memory at DDR3-2133 speeds. Remember, though, that the Kingston HyperX DDR3-2133 16GB memory kit costs more than twice as much as the Corsair memory kit.
NOTE: In my original tests C states were enabled because the test machine operated with the default BIOS settings. I re-ran the AIDA64 tests on the same motherboard and CPU used in this review, and used Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-2133 memory at enthusiast-level speeds.
C states enabled: read 18924, write 14995, copy 16914, latency 48.8ns
The difference in write performance is a fraction over 1%, well within the margin of error of these tests. I conclude that at least with this motherboard and CPU, whether or not C states are enabled makes no difference in memory performance as measured by AIDA64's tests.
SiSoft Sandra Memory Test
SiSoft's Sandra Lite is a free version of SiSoftware's "Sandra" benchmarking utility. Its comprehensive memory benchmark tests report a number of items, but we're interested memory throughput tests. Unlike some other benchmarks that merely perform straight sequential reads and writes, Sandra reads and writes different areas of memory, using integer as well as floating point data, all in SMP mode.
The Sandra memory test ranks the memory nicely by its speed. Latency doesn't matter much in this test, and the scaling evident in the results corresponds well with memory speed in MHz.
Euler 3D is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) program that is multi-threaded and computationally very intensive. The benchmark version by Case Labs is built with the Intel FORTRAN compiler and uses 8-byte double precision floating-point math. The test case simulates Mach 0.5 airflow over a NACA 65A004 airfoil section. The benchmark score is the CFD cycle frequency, with higher scores being better.
This benchmark kind of straddles with "synthetic" and "application" benchmark worlds. While the Kingston DDR3-2133 memory still wins, it's by a much narrower margin than on the pure synthetic tests. Note that negligible difference (about 1/3 of 1%) between the Corsair 1600MHz memory and the Kingston 1866MHz memory.
Join me in the next section as I run the application benchmarks.