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This is my first write up of this type so have mercy on me and suggestions are welcome. I BSODed and resett cmos a million times for this so please have a look.

I have seen this question all over the net with no real answer. The best answer i seen was on this forum and it was "benchmarks never lie"! So i figured why not?

I Have done this test on 2x1gig sticks of gskill ddr2 800 ram.


I used 3 types of benchmarks

WINSAT MEM
MAXMEM
and for kicks
WPRIME

The question we all seem to have is
"whats better, tighter timings and lower freq. or higher freq. and looser timings"
the answer that seems most popular is
"Tightest timings at stock frq."

RESULTS WILL VARY FROM DIFF TYPES OF STICKS

These test are all done with cpu freq. as close to stock as possible to keep from influencing ram freq.

TEST 1- STOCK-




Its really clear this is not the best performing ram on the market and as i tried different settings i realized it doesnt overclock well either.
TEST 2-TIGHTER TIMINGS_LOWER FREQ-




TEST 3 - LOOSE TIMINGS_HIGH FREQ-





I was not able to boot at 533 so i had to use fsb to bump as high as i could and still boot.

TEST 4 -BALANCE-




I did not see the 24 Bank cycle until i was reviewing the screenies so this one may be a bit unfair.

TEST 4 -GENERAL OVERCLOCK-
This test mem was set to 333 but returned slightly above 400 by fsb to achieve cpu oc. Timing change was done by bios set @ auto




CONCLUSION

It seems that by comparison the general OC has the best results. This being slightly higher freq and tighter timings but nothing extreme. The worst results where the lower freq with tighter timings. this could be due to the fact that this ram oc's like crap and would not boot with anything lower then 4-4-4-14
In order of Best results to worst

OC @ 25s
FREQ @ 26s
BALANCE @ 27s
STOCK @ 28s
TIGHTER @ 29s

As always i hope this helps someone and if i did something wrong feel free to tell me and i will do my best to fix it.
if anyone would like to run these test on their ram then i will gladly add their results to this post.
ONCE AGAIN THIS WAS NOT DONE TO ANSWER EVERY QUESTION ABOUT RAM OC BUT JUST TO GIVE US A GENERAL IDEA OFF THE EFFECTS IT WILL HAVE.
Edited by ViSioNx - 7/1/11 at 10:05am
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post #2 of 8
awesome test man.
but you also have to take into account that different sticks have different results.
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thats why i posted at the end that anyone else willing to test their sticks are welcome to post results here.
But i will add that fact to op. ty.
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-Bump- cmon guys i worked really hard on this.
No other comments?
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i subscribed so i can refer back to it.
it is a great reference and once i finish rebuilding my system (doing case mods) i will run some tests on mine
+3 rep bud good post
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I hate to ruin someone's day but this testing is actually somewhat inaccurate

The NB frequency with the 450Mhz 6-6-6 result is at 2250Mhz vs 2000Mhz on the others
This kills everything unfortunately NB speed can make a big difference in these type of tests even if only 250Mhz, because the "NB" is the integrated memory controller and L3 cache. See my sticky article about NB speed/RAM timings here in AMD Memory.
This should be kept a constant (i.e. test at 2000Mhz, then again at 2600Mhz?)
Edited by xd_1771 - 7/1/11 at 12:39pm
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your right.
im so noob i didnt take this into consideration , just left that setting @ auto.
i will redo that portion of testing @ 2000 soon
is their anything else i need to do to make these results more accurate?
i will not be testing with NB overclocked as this was ment just for ram.
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hey good start makes me wanna do some testing for the heck of it...you should post specs for mem/motherboard/cpu used in the beginning of post for comparison purposes..yeah you can search this stuff out in your post but.... look forward to updated benchmark findings!
 
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