Max FSB Tests

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On this series of tests, the 3D Mark 2001 results were much more important. If the system could not complete the three 3D Mark 2001 tests, it was not passing at that speed FSB, and it was bumped down and retested.

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 18

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 19

Here we are seeing some pretty surprising results from the different memory types. At the “Fast” setting in the Epox 8K3A BIOS, which involved the CAS setting at 2.5 among other typically “slow” settings, the lowest performer was the OCZ PC3000 memory. Considering that the PC2700 rated modules from Crucial and Kingmax were able to beat it handily, that doesn’t bode well for the OCZ memory in the rest of the tests. The Mushkin and the Corsair however are into the high 190s with their scores. Also, now you can see where the difference in the FSB speeds is going to make a difference in the SiSoft Sandra scores that were reported.

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 20

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 21

Raising the bar a little bit on the memory settings, most of the five memory modules remained nearly the same for the maximum sustained FSB. The biggest drop was in the Crucial memory as it went from 185 MHz to 180 MHz. Corsair lost a couple MHz, but nothing major, and the rest of the results remained the same.

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 22

PC3000 Memory Comparison - Memory 23

Everybody drops here! In rank of the slowest to the fastest we have the OCZ coming in at 175 MHz tied with the Kingmax PC2700 at 175 MHz. Next is the Crucial memory, which ran at 179 MHz without a hiccup and then came Mushkin at 185 MHz FSB. The winner here was the Corsair memory running at 190 MHz stable.

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