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Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review

Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review - PCSTATS
Price Check: $/£/€
Abstract: Enthusiasts want fast memory with aggressive memory timings. None of this 3-4-4-8 stuff here!
Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Corsair Jun 17 2004   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and Benchmarks

Memory Test Methodology
PCstats tests DDR memory on two major CPU platforms - the AMD Athlon64 and the Intel Pentium 4 - because RAM behaves differently with each processor architecture. For instance, Intel users tend to run their memory at high speeds with high latency settings, and in general that works quite well for Intel-based computers. It would be detrimental to system performance if you were to run the same DDR memory settings on an AMD Athlon64 system, since latency plays a much larger role in system performance. Because much of our audience is made up of enthusiasts, PCstats also runs overclocking tests so you can get an idea on how far the memory will go.

On both Intel and AMD test PCs, we're only interested in seeing how high we can go with the memory running 1:1, as running with other dividers puts the overclocking bottleneck elsewhere, and not with the system memory. On the Pentium 4 test system we sometimes use higher latencies in our tests, as latencies are not as important. With the AMD Athlon64 test system, the DDR RAM latency must run at 2-2-2-5, or the memory's tightest possible timings, as quick access is more important to the CPU design.

PCStats Test System #1 Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed:

10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz
9 x 225 MHz = 2.03 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus K8V-DLX

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800XT

Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000*
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed.
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 3200 XL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.51
Catalyst 3.9

Workstation Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
UT2003

* - Memory was running 3-4-4-8

PCStats Test System #2 Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 2.4C

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
12 x 260 MHz = 3.12 GHz

Motherboards:

ABIT IC7-MAX3

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800XT

Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000*
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed.
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 3200XL **

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.51
Catalyst 3.9

Workstation Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
UT2003

* - Memory was running 3-4-4-8
** - Memory was running 2.5-3-3-7 when overclocked

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results

Memory

Points Ranking

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 39.6
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 41.6

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

41.6

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (225/450)

42.3

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 33.1
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400)

34.2

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

34.4

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (260/520)

37.5

Because the CPU speed is approximately the same it should be no surprise that the Athlon64 system does not gain much from overclocking with the Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR. The Pentium 4 on the other hand gets a small performance boost.

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Memory Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-4000 (200/400) 3028 3024
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 3015 3033
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200 XL (200/400) 3025 3029
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200 XL (225/450) 3412 3412

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-4000 (200/400) 4858 4859
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 4836 4833
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200 XL (200/400) 4863 4863
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200 XL (260/520) 5910 5909

The Athlon64 system with the TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR has some nice bandwidth scores, despite running only single channel. The Pentium4 scores just under 6000k in Sandra's memory test, which is pretty good.

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Contents of Article: Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro
 Pg 1.  Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Memory comparison

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