With all of the recent DDR system memory reviews available, a majority of them are of course using the DFI LanParty UT nForce4 Ultra-D due to its memory tweaking and overclocking abilities and considering the fact that Intel's latest Chipsets require the use of DDR2. Although we continue to use the DFI nForce4 motherboards for a great deal of system memory reviews, we decided to go with the recently released (and presently available in very limited quantities) Tyan K8E-SLI S2866 as the basis for this review to show the performance of 2 x 512MB modules as well as the OCZ EB Platinum 2 x 1024MB memory. We will be posting an in-depth K8E-SLI review simultaneously with the launch of the Linux NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX drivers and we will share more information at that time but overall the S2866 is a fabulous board, it even packs some improved overclocking potential compared against the previous K8E S2865, and as always is incredibly stable. Listed below are the hardware, and software, specifications for this test system.
|Processor:||AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Winchester)|
|Motherboard:||Tyan Tomcat K8E-SLI (S2866)|
|Graphics Card:||eVGA GeForce 6800GT 256MB|
|Hard Drives:||Western Digital 160GB SATA2|
|Optical Drives:||MSI 16x DVD-ROM|
|Power Supply:||SinTek 500SLI 500W|
|GCC (GNU Compiler):||4.0.0|
|Graphics Driver:||NVIDIA 1.0-7676|
The benchmarks we ran on the OCZ EB DDR PC-4000 2 x 1024MB Platinum were Enemy Territory, Doom 3, Quake 4, LAME Compilation, LAME Encoding, FreeBench, and RAMspeed. As you can see from our arsenal of traditional Linux memory benchmarks there is a great mixture of various games as well as applications to display the overall real-world system performance. With this review being focused upon the 1GB/2GB memory performance, rather than our traditional overclocking and component comparison, for our 1GB testing we used OCZ's EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Titanium Edition memory, which was able to run at the same speeds and timings as our PC-4000 part. For each of these memory kits, we ran them at 200MHz FSB speeds (DDR-400; CPI: 1.80GHz) with tight 2-4-2-8 1T timings along with the PC-4000 testing as the CPU FSB was increased to 250MHz (DDR2-500; CPU: 2.25GHz) and the timings being 2.5-4-2-8 1T. During our entire benchmarking process, both sets of OCZ modules remained 100% stable in our Memtest86+ v1.60 and Linux testing. On the following pages are our 1GB and 2GB memory results.