Memory Performance

Building an affordable AM2 Gaming System
AMD Athlon64 3800+ (AM2)
1GB Corsair Value Select DDR2-667 (CAS4)
ABIT NF-M2 nView (Nvidia GeForce 6150)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
WD 320GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
ASUS GeForce 7900GS (256MB)
- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- Nvidia Forceware (91.47)
- Nvidia nForce4 430 (8.22)
Expensive high-end Core 2 Duo system
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (LGA775)
2GB Corsair XMS DDR2-800 (CAS4)
ASUS P5B Deluxe (Intel P965)
Seagate 320GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
Gigabyte Radeon X1950XTX (512MB)
- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- ATI Catalyst (6.9)
- Intel System Drivers (7.2.2)

Using dual channel DDR2-667 memory, the AMD Athlon64 3800+ system produces a healthy memory bandwidth of 5.5GB/s which is comparable to the latest and greatest Intel Core 2 Duo system. Overclocking the Athlon64 3800+ from 2.4GHz to 2.6GHz using a 260MHz FSB increased the memory performance by roughly 25%, boosting the bandwidth to almost 7GB/s! The Corsair ValueSelect DDR2-667 memory was also now operating at 780MHz, which helped in boosting performance.

Despite delivering similar memory performance in SiSoft2007 and PCmark2005, the Athlon64 3800+ system was somewhat squashed when it came to the MemTach performance. Here the Core 2 Duo E6700 system was far more dominant as it easily defeated the overclocked Athlon64 3800+ system.