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Product: Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600 EPP 2.0 Certified 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit
Date: June 6, 2008
Author: Frank Stroupe
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: Corsair
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Testing - Gaming

I really didn't expect any earth-shattering results from my gaming testing. As I mentioned earlier, I have tested the difference between gaming with 2GB and 4GB of memory before. Running 4 gigs of memory usually gets between 1 and 5 FPS, depending on the game. The games I chose were: Crysis, Supreme Commander, PT Boats: Knights of the Sea, and Call of Juarez.

Crysis is the long-awaited successor to Far Cry, and is a real system hog. A strong, stable system is required to play this DX10 FPS even at low settings. Crysis is very memory intensive, and will easily BSOD a rig if the memory is the least bit unstable. I used the Crysis Benchmark written by Boris "MadBoris" Veriga. Settings were: High, 2 x AA, DX10, 64-bit, CPU Benchmark, 1280 x 1024.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Crysis Avg. FPS

35.21

33.255

Crysis Min. FPS

15.11

8.4


The real gameplay difference between the Corsair and Aeneon memory didn't really show up in the average FPS. With the 2GB kit, the minimum FPS was 8, and with the 4GB kit the minimum was 15, so the minimum FPS was nearly doubled. It was very noticeable, there was no real stutter with the 4GB kit.

Supreme Commander is the modern version of the old RTS Total Annihilation. The maps are very extensive with a lot going on all the time, so though the graphics appear deceptively simple, a powerful system is required to successfully play the game. Though it is a DX9 game, it too is memory intensive, and will crash a system with unstable memory. I usually use either SupCom or Crysis when I am overclocking for a quick stability test, either will crash when other programs won't if there is instability.

I used the onboard performance benchmark added to the game in a later patch. Settings were: High, 2 x AA, 1280 x 1024.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Supreme Commander

50.581

51.1


It is obvious that SupCom doesn't benefit from the extra 2 gigs of memory, as it actually got about .5 FPS more with the Aeneon memory. I have no explanation.

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea is a water-based DX10 game with some really incredible graphics. The benchmark is rather hard on a system due to the constant changing of camera angles. Not quite as memory intensive as the first two games, I have still gotten a BSOD with this game due to unstable memory after running 8 hours of Prime95. I used the standalone demo benchmark, settings were: High, 2 x AA, 1280 x 1024.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

PT Boats Avg. FPS

45.7

45.1

PT Boats Min. FPS

19.4

8.3


Once again the results were close, and as in Crysis, the minimum FPS was increased, this time from 8 FPS to 19FPS.

Call of Juarez is a DX10 FPS in an "old west" setting. The graphics are really awesome, with some of the most incredible detail I've seen in a game. I used the standalone demo benchmark, settings were balanced, 2 x AA, 1280 x 1024.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Call of Juarez Avg. FPS

33.9

33.6

Call of Juarez Min. FPS

15.537

15.756


Once again, not a lot of difference except in the minimum FPS.

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