Fig. 5 The Unreal Tournament 2003 Retail benchmark result.
What can we say about one of the most popular FPS games today. This game is fast moving and taxes the CPU, memory as well as the video card. While the difference was less noticeable, the Corsair did best the Mushkin.
Fig. 6 The SiSoft Sandra Memory result.
In the Sandra memory benchmark there is a clear winner and it's the Corsair TwinX modules. The Mushkin just can't compete with the faster timings.
Fig. 7 The PCMark 2002 benchmark result.
Here, as in the Sandra Memory bench, the difference was clear. Yet again, the Mushkin just can't compete with the aggressive timings of the Corsair modules.
Fig. 8 The MemTak ver 0.93 benchmark result.
MemTach is another good synthetic memory benchmark to test a systems memory structure.
Fill xxx measures the memory fill rates for double/int/short/char data types using optimized C code.
Sum xxx measures the rate at which optimized C code can sum up a very large vector; note that the double result also involves a floating point operation for every double accessed.
PSum xxx Same C code as Sum, adds prefetch instructions.
ASum xxx Same as Sum except innermost loop recoded in assembler.
APSum xxx Same as ASum, adds prefetch instructions.
Random int measures random memory access performance.
Analyze 1..14 measure the time taken to access bytes of memory under circumstances designed to torture test the memory subsystem.
It's no surprise that we see Corsair coming out on top here as well.
Keep in mind yet again that these benches were run at the same FSB for both pairs of memory modules. While I wasn't expecting to see a large difference between the two, it's abundantly clear that running faster timings do give you the clear edge in performance.