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Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings

Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings - PCSTATS
Abstract: [UPDATED!] As we've mentioned in numerous PCstats reviews, memory timings play a key role in terms of overall system performance. More so in 3D based applications which do not need a great deal of bandwidth.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Aug 11 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3

3DMark2001 SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Benchmark Results
Processor 3DMarks Ranking
1. 250 MHz FSB, 500 MHz Memory, 3-4-4-8 18545
2. 250 MHz FSB, 400 MHz Memory, 2-2-2-5 18823
3. 250 MHz FSB, 333 MHz Memory, 2-2-2-5 18352

I was a bit disappointed that the scores were so close. Still if you're looking for those record scores you're better off running your memory a bit slower if that means you can run tight timings.

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark 3 Benchmark Results
Overall 3DMarks Ranking
1. 250 MHz FSB, 500 MHz Memory, 3-4-4-8 44913
2. 250 MHz FSB, 400 MHz Memory, 2-2-2-5 45882
3. 250 MHz FSB, 333 MHz Memory, 2-2-2-5 44942

All the configurations perform approximately the same here although the system which is running with its memory at 400 MHz with aggressive memory timings does come out slightly on top.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings
 Pg 2.  Why release fast memory with slow timings
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, SiSoft Sandra, PCMark2002
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 6.  2-3% Improvement

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