The test system listed in the "Configuration" section was used for the execution of four benchmarks used to gauge the performance of four different memory configurations. The benchmarks executed include tests from these packages:
» Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition 4.20
» PassMark Performance Test v6.1 Memory
» FutureMark PCMark Vantage
» FutureMark 3DMark06
The four memory configurations include the following:
» Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 at 1280MHz, 5-5-5-16, 2.3V
» Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 at 1200MHz, 5-5-5-15, 2.3V
» Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 at 1066MHz, 5-5-5-15, 2.0V
» Aeneon XTune PC2-8500 DDR2 at 1066MHz, 5-5-5-15, 2.0V
These configurations represent the Kingston HyperX kit run at an overclocked speed of 1280MHz, at the default speed of 1200MHz, and slightly underclocked to 1066MHz. This underclocked speed was used to show head to head results with another 1GB kit that happens to be rated for 1066MHz operation... The Aeneon XTUNE 1GB DDR2-1066 dual channel memory kit.
The Aeneon and Kingston kit to be put head to head may be rated for different speeds, but they are quite similar. In addition to being rated for more than the typical JEDEC PC2-6400 speed, they are both 1GB dual channel kits. With the price of 2GB (or larger) kits and the demands of today's operating systems, 1GB kits really don't seem too relevant any more. Both of these 1GB kits do have 2GB counterparts, and the performance shown here should be achievable on the higher capacity versions.
The first test to evaluate is Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition 4.20. This memory specific set of tests gauge performance in terms of read speed (in MB/s), write speed (in MB/s), copy speed (in MB/s), and latency (in ns). Higher values are better for memory read, write, and copy speeds, while lower values are desirable for latency.
The data shows that this Kingston kit can really pop... especially when overclocked! At 1280MHz the numbers are better than many of the DDR3 kits I have used, despite those kits running at higher speeds. Running at or above 1200MHz at such tight timings is impressive and definitely translates to solid performance.