General Performance

Now we’ll examine the effects of different memory timings and frequencies on overall system performance.

Corsair XMS2 5400UL and XMS2 8000UL 1GB DDR2 Review - Memory  20
* Kingston @ 533MHz 4-4-4-12

Corsair XMS2 5400UL and XMS2 8000UL 1GB DDR2 Review - Memory  21
* Kingston @ 533MHz 4-4-4-12

PCMark 04 above would imply that the changing the memory timing and memory frequency does not have a great effect overall in general computer usage. This would also mean that the specs of RAM may not matter much if you classify yourself as a casual/general user.

Corsair XMS2 5400UL and XMS2 8000UL 1GB DDR2 Review - Memory  22
* Kingston @ 533MHz 4-4-4-12

Corsair XMS2 5400UL and XMS2 8000UL 1GB DDR2 Review - Memory  23
* Kingston @ 533MHz 4-4-4-12

In the SuperPi test above, we can see that the memory timings has a measurable effect on intensive computations. While differences of a few seconds may not seem like much, but if you are doing a massive operation (like 3D rendering) that takes a few hours, better RAM timings will help.

Comparing the older Kingston to the newer Corsair, you can see that the Kingston is again faster at 4-4-4-12 timings than the Corsair.

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