System Overview, Overclocking & Testing Procedures
Since this is a triple channel memory kit we will be installing it in our X58 system. This system is comprised an Intel Core i7 965 Extreme, Gigabyte X58A-UD5 motherboard, Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 video card, 750GB SATA drive, Blu-ray drive, and Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000W power supply, all inside the BitFenix Colossus case.
Ok so the first thing you will want to do after you install the memory is go into the BIOS and get the memory running at the 2000MHz advertised speed. This is pretty simple to do since Patriot Memory uses XMP profiles. So just go into the BIOS and enable the XMP profile and everything should change around to get the memory running up to speed. In our case it changed the CPU FSB to 143MHz with a 23x multiplier, giving our system a slight overclock of 8%.
When overclocking 2000MHz memory you cannot expect that much because 2000MHz memory is usually overclocked 1600MHz memory. So I started messing around with the FSB trying to move the memory up 20MHz at a time keeping the timings of 9-10-9-27. So I moved the BCLK up to 149 and changed the SPD to 14 to get a stable overclock of 2086MHz. I think if I loosened the timings I could have got a little bit more out of this memory.
For memory testing we have a battery of benchmarks and tests we use. I have listed them below.
Now on to testing!