Since I was unable to reach DDR3-2000, or even get close for that matter, I really didn’t know where to go with testing. I decided that since the i7/X58/triple-channel is supposed to have so much more memory bandwidth than dual-channel, I would actually compare the two.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 4GB Dual Channel Kit
Asus Radeon HD 3850 X2
Silverstone Decathlon DA-800 800 watt PSU
CoolIT Domino Liquid Cooling System
Thermaltake Xaser VI
Windows Vista Home 64-bit
To make it fair (yeah, right), I clocked both memory kits the same. Both kits were clocked to DDR3-1520 7-7-7-24.
For testing I ran Sandra’s Memory Bandwidth benchmark, Sandra Memory Latency, Sandra Cache and Memory Benchmark, Everest Memory Read, Everest Memory Write, and Everest Memory Copy.
Needless to say, triple-channel gives you benefits all around.