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128 MB Mushkin High Performance Revision 3 222 Ram Review - SiSoft Sandra & Quake 3 Performance

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Sandra Benchmarks Continued

Let's put all the ALU numbers into perspective ...

The performance improvement between the Micron stick and the Mushkin stick is barely detectable at the Cas 3 settings on both fsb speeds tested. However, the performance improvement at Cas 2 is easily visible.

In fact, the performance increase attained by a simple bios tweak when comparing the Mushkin at Cas 3 versus Cas 2 is just over 17.5% at both front side bus speeds. When the Mushkin memory is at Cas 2, compared to my older Micron stick, the performance increase was almost 20% at 133 MHz.

And now for the FPU performance...

Once again, we see the slim advantage the Mushkin RAM at Cas 3 has over my old stick at like settings. The performance gain attained by the use of the Cas 2 setting is, once again, quite a jump.

The performance increase in the FPU is slightly higher than the ALU scores, as the performance increase hovers around 17.5%.

Quake 3 Fastest

The Quake 3 Arena fastest setting runs the game at a horrid 520x480 resolution with the lowest graphic settings available, but it's great to test the improvement the Mushkin RAM is capable of. With such horrendous settings, we barely scratch the graphic capabilities of the GeForce2 GTS. Therefore, the limiting factor in the performance is the speed at which the CPU can dish out all the commands. With all commands flowing through the system's memory, the speed of the memory becomes a determining factor in overall performance.

Note: Upgrading Quake to the 1.27 version made it impossible to run timedemo benchmarks. Luckily there's a converter that will allow the good old demo001 benchmark to run in the latest version of Quake 3. These results are from the 1.27h modified version, so they cannot be compared with the results of previous iterations of Quake 3.

The memory is quite a factor in this CPU intensive benchmark, as the memory tests at Cas 2 resulted in a 6% increase across the board when compared to my generic RAM stick at Cas3.

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Last Updated on February 16, 2001

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