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Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600 EPP 2.0 Certified 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review - ThinkComputers.org

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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 - Load Times

My final testing is of the biggest difference that you will see with using 4 gigs of memory as opposed to 2 gigs.application loading times. Corsair's testing gave me the idea for this. To see the results of Corsair's testing, and also a huge amount of other information concerning using 4GB of memory rather than 2GB, see their Gaming Performance Analysis page at: http://www.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN804_Gaming_Performance_Analysis.pdf

The testing consisted of starting a stopwatch as I launched the application, and stopping as soon as the application started, or in the case of Vista, as soon as it was usable. Each was tested three times, with the system rebooted each time.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Adobe Photoshop CS2

9.1s

10.8s


I never actually measure launch times. I would have thought that PS took longer than that to launch. Nearly two seconds doesn't sound like much, but 4 gigs shaved off 15.7%.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Windows Vista Ultimate

19.5s

24.7s


The extra memory saved 21.1%. I may reboot 20 or more times while overclocking, the extra time taken with using only 2 gigs adds up.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Supreme Commander

16.2s

18.7s


Only 13.4% difference here. The least savings of my testing.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Crysis

45.5s

70.6s


The 4 gig kit took off 25 seconds, amounting to a 35.6% time savings.

Test

Corsair 4GB Kit

Aeneon 2GB Kit

Call of Juarez

50.8s

83.2s


Here was the largest change both seconds and percent, 38.9%.

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