“DDR was Intel’s only reprieve, well after its introduction due to Rambus agreements. However, since that time Intel has not only used DDR, but improved on it. Now that we have seen Intel’s pattern with memory we see that not only are they banking a huge amount on their DDR3 technology, but also increasing the bus from 128-bit or dual channel to 192-bit or tri channel memory.
Today’s question we pose; does Core i7 really need three channels of memory or can it perform happily on two channels without severely impacting the performance of the system? – Let’s find out!”
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 2x1GB DDR3 RAM @ APH Networks
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB PC3-10600 @ Legion Hardware
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3-1333 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Muskin DDR3 1600 Memory @ Bjorn3D
- 4GB DDR3 Memory Roundup – Part 2 @ bit-tech
- Kingston HyperX 3GB DDR3 2GHz Triple-Channel Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
- Thermaltake RamOrb Memory Cooler Review @ OCIA
- OCZ SLI Edition DDR3 2000MHz @ Pro-Clockers
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 10666 Review @ OCC
If you still aren’t convinced that triple channel DDR3 is the solution to all your problems, this TweakTown review might not make up your mind completely, but it should help. In their synthetic testing, adding that third channel had the same results as a dual channel setup going from 1066MHz to 1600MHz. On the other hand, when they tested Crysis, the difference in performance is hard to spot on a graph and is most likely unnoticeable while playing.