OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire-Certified RAM

Posted on May 29, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Windows Benchmarks

In Windows, I'd like to cover several benchmarks and areas of usage that the RAM may give some benefit or performance gain in. For comparison, I'll be using 2GB of Crucial's Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800. I'll also be using the 64-bit version of Windows Vista for these benchmarks.

The better set of RAM, if there is between these two pairs, should provide higher scores in productivity, multimedia, and gaming benchmarks. In this case, I'll be looking at a multitude of benchmarks: PCMark Vantage, 3DMark06, the SiSoft Sandra Suite, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Unreal Tournament 3.

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage is Futuremark's latest release of the PCMark series, sharing the new "Vantage" brand much like the latest 3dMark release. PCMark Vantage aims to benchmark every aspect of PC usage, from gaming, to office productivity, to multimedia creation and viewing. Unlike 3dMark Vantage and 3dMark 06, however, Futuremark released a 64-bit version of PCMark Vantage, finally giving us a native 64-bit benchmark.

The Reaper HPC earned a gross score of 2814, while the Crucial Ballistix came in at 2794.

SiSoft Sandra Suite

Sandra offers various benchmarks for looking at the performance of a system. For this system, I chose to look at cache and memory performance, memory latency, and memory bandwidth. The Reaper HPC is on the left, while the Crucial Ballistix is on the right.

3DMark06

Futuremark has yet to release a 64-bit edition of any gaming benchmarks, so I was expecting to see low numbers using this setup in a 64-bit environment. Unfortunately, neither the GeForce 6150 or 780G motherboards were able to run 3dMark Vantage, so I've settled for only showing results for 3dMark06. 3dMark06 was run with default settings with all tests selected. Again, the Reaper HPC is on the left, while the Crucial Ballistix is on the right.

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