I decided to pull one of the 8GB kits from my system and do some testing with only one set in.
The main reason is that my particular board only support RAM speeds of 1866+ in DIMMs 3 and 4, so running over 1600MHz without going 2T, and high voltage has always been a problem, and not to mention the additional stress it brings to the IMC by running 4 DIMMs, limits my ability to overclock the NB (which most know is crucial on the thuban).
Anyways, after pulling the other set, I decided to go for the gusto....
4GHz (16 x 250)
DDR3 2,000MHz (10-10-10-27-37 1T)
This would always boot, but would have instant issues when attempting to benchmark or test stability.
Not this time.....
I was immediately able to run through 10 high linkpacks on IBT, and am probably going to try more voltage for tighter timings.
I played some games (BF4 and Crysis 3) for a little while, and noticed no performance hit by reducing to 8GB of RAM.
Does anyone know of any other situations where the 8GB reduction would hurt me?
I know that's a big chunk of RAM to give up, but am I even going to miss it?
I am going to do some further testing later to see what performance gains actually equate to.....
Obviously the bandwidth and latency will improve quite a bit with the NB up to 3GHz from the 2.8 I had it at, and the RAM going from 1600 to 2000. But what is the best means of measuring if I am actually seeing a performance increase?
I assume the average FPS in games will not be impacted because of the GPU dependency, but is it possible that this will have some baring on frame times or min frames?
Maybe cinebench would be good to test with??