The board we chose for testing these modules today is none other than DFI’s nF4 Ultra-D. The Ultra-D is virtually unmatched when it comes to flexibility with overclocking abilities, memory timings, and latencies. It allows users to tweak all possible settings to find the absolute maximum for their specific modules. The CPU chosen for testing was the AMD Athlon 64 Venice. The Venice is the E3 revision chip that incorporates an improved/fixed memory controller. Unlike Winchesters, the E3 revisions are capable of using and overclocking two gigabytes of RAM. The rest of the system remained packed with other respectable components for allowing a high overclock and incorporated water-cooling.
|Processor:||AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Venice)|
|Motherboard:||DFI nForce4 Ultra-D|
|Graphics Card:||eVGA 6800GT|
|Hard Drives:||Maxtor 120GB and 160GB|
|Add-On Devices:||Chaintech AV-710|
|Cooling:||DangerDen Water Cooling|
|Power Supply:||Hiper Type-R Modular 580W|
|GCC (GNU Compiler):||4.0.0|
|Graphics Driver:||NVIDIA 1.0-7676|
For our OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 2GB testing, we continued to use our latest Phoronix standard for memory benchmarking techniques and actual benchmarking applications. If you are unfamiliar with our benchmarking, we would recommend you look at one of our other articles. The game testing came in way of Doom 3 while various other applications were used that were more CPU/memory centric. RAMspeed was the benchmark used for our major synthetic memory tests. As expected, the OCZ GX took a definite lead in these benchmarks because the 2GB kit used much higher latencies. For the actual results, we ran the OCZ memory at a stock 200MHz with 3-4-4-8 memory timings followed by the 250MHz DDR-550 speeds also at stock speeds and then ending off the actual results at 260MHz due to difficulties in overclocking beyond this point while remaining stable.