Surprisingly enough, it isn't the configuration with the highest CPU or the highest mem frequency with the tighest timings that comes out on top, it's the configuration right in between. That is an impressive Aquamark3 Triscore for 3.12Ghz, even on a Core 2 Duo.
Now let's take a look at the effect that these changes in frequency and timings have on the CPU score for Aquamark3.
Again, the ST 3.12Ghz / 975-4-4-3-8 configuration comes out on top. This graph shows pretty well how large of a difference the memory frequency and timings can make in CPU-bound benchmarks such as Aquamark3.
3DMark 2001 SE is somewhat CPU-bound as well, but not quite to the extreme that Aquamark3 is.
When comparing the results, it seems 3D Mark 2001 SE favors frequencies over timings and all the results more or less fall into place based on that order.
Next up, we will run the F.E.A.R. performance test.
The results for F.E.A.R. are much the same as for 3DMark 2001 SE, it seems to favor frequencies over timings. However; overall, CPU frequency appears to make the largest impact.
Playing as many PC games as I do, I know very well how important the amount of system memory is: 2Gb is required to have some games run smoothly with the highest details. The minimum amount of memory I recommend to even the average PC user is 1Gb.
With 2Gb being the standard of today, it's good to see companies like Super Talent focusing on higher speed high capacity kits. The T800UX2GC4 kit reviewed today certainly did not disappoint. It overclocks very well, reaching DDR1002 with only +.1v or one-tenth of a volt added and the timings relaxed to just 4-5-5-8. Other PC6400 DDR2 kits I've had my hands on couldn't come close to this speed at 5-6-6-16, or worse. Being able to run the modules at their rated specifications with just 1.8v makes for a very forgiving overclocking/tweaking experience. Some modules require more than 1.8v to post, which can become an issue when trying to overclock them because the motherboard will default back to 1.8v VDIMM when the CMOS is reset or it is triggered to run in fail-safe mode.
There are quite a few 2Gb PC6400 kits available today, but I have to say, considering the price and overclockability of this kit, it really stands out. With comparable 2Gb DDR1000 kits that have timings of 4-4-4-5 retailing at almost $400 USD, I would say Super Talent has a real winner on it's hands with this kit at around $240 USD.
DDR1002 @ 4-5-5-8 with +.1v over rated spec.
We would like to award the Super Talent 2Gb PC6400 4-4-3-8 T800UX2GC4 DDR2 kit the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.
Thank to Super Talent for providing us with this item for evaluation.