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Intel DDR2 FB-DIMM Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 16 June 2006
Written by Michael Larabel
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For a comparison against traditional desktop DDR2, we also tested another setup using non-Registered non-ECC DDR2-667. The base of this system was a Tyan Tiger i7230A S5160. This motherboard is powered by the E7230 Mukilteo Chipset and ICH7R. For keeping this a desktop system, an Intel Pentium 4 530 was used with Hyper-Threading and comes clocked at 3.00GHz with 2MB of L2 cache.

Hardware Components
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 530 (3.00GHz)
Motherboard: Tyan Tomcat i7230A S5160 (Mukilteo)
Memory: 2 x 1GB GeIL DDR2-667 (5-5-5)
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1300PRO 256MB
Hard Drives: Western Digital 160GB SATA2
Optical Drives: Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM
Power Supply: Spire RockeTeer V SP-500W
Software Components
Operating System: Fedora Core 5
Linux Kernel: 2.6.16-1.2133_FC5 SMP (i686)
GCC: 4.1.0
Graphics Driver: ATI fglrx 8.25.18
X.Org: 7.0.0

Finally, for a bit of a legacy look at things, we also pulled out an aging Intel Socket 478 system with DDR-400 memory. The basis of this system was an Abit SG-72, which is powered by the SiS 661FX + 964L. The processor uses a Prescott core with 800MHz FSB and DDR-400 memory.

Hardware Components
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.80GHz (C)
Motherboard: Abit SG-72 (661FX + 964L)
Memory: 2 x 1GB Corsair PC-3200 (2.5-3-3)
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9250 128MB
Hard Drives: Western Digital 80GB IDE
Optical Drives: Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM
Power Supply: SilverStone Strider ST56F 560W
Software Components
Operating System: Fedora Core 5
Linux Kernel: 2.6.16-1.2133_FC5 SMP (i686)
GCC: 4.1.0
X.Org: 7.0.0

To focus on the memory performance differences we turned to RAMspeed, which has proved repeatedly at Phoronix to be one of the best Linux memory benchmarks. Rather than using our usual tests of running RAMspeed 5 or 10 times to average the results, to ensure further accuracy, each of the RAMspeed tests were ran 20 times. Both integer and floating point memory performance was monitored with all of these systems. These test can be replicated with ramspeed -b 3 -l 20 and ramspeed -b 6 -l 20. The lastest version of RAMspeed at this time is v2.4.1. On the next three pages are these results.

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