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Intel Centrino DDR2 Investigation

Michael Larabel

Published on 19 December 2005
Written by Michael Larabel
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As is very evident from our results, 2048MB of system memory is limited when it comes to performance boosts and our current generation Linux benchmarks. However, there were advantages with the increased memory capacity when it came to FreeBench and RAMspeed, which are specialized for stressing the system memory, and we would have likely seen performance gains across the board if it were not for the ATI X300 and its Linux proprietary drivers. However, this is not to say that 2GB of system memory is currently useless as that is not the case. For example, extensive multitasking or running demanding applications will indeed yield improvements and as time progresses additional games and programs will be able to better utilize this extra memory. Keep in mind, throughout all testing DDR2-533 PC2-4200 memory was used and tested on a Centrino laptop with i915PM Express Chipset. Even though there wasn't the performance benefits that we had expected nor was there the advantages we have experienced on countless occasions with various desktop systems on the AMD and Intel fronts we still would be satisfied running 2GB of RAM in a notebook computer. We will cover more information and benchmarks with DDR2 memory on the mobile front as time progresses.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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