Memory Guide

8GB DDR3-2133MHz Memory Kits Shootout

8GB DDR3-2133MHz Memory Kits Shootout


Test Setup

How We Tested

To test the memory kits, we used a single platform whose exact specifications are listed below. We ran the memory at their specified voltage; while at the UEFI BIOS utility, we manually set the XMP profile that matched each kit's specified serial presence detect (SPD) indicated frequency and timings. After that, we ran a number of software benchmarks and one of most important was SiSoft Sandra Lite 2013a. We specifically made use of SiSoft Sandra’s Memory Bandwidth and Memory Latency tests. We used the former to gauge the data rate of each memory kit’s attainable throughput and higher rates are certainly what we are looking out for in each kit.

For the Memory Latency test that measures the duration of the transfer of a block of data (in nanoseconds (ns)), from the main memory to the processor. In this test, we are looking out for lower durations, which will indicate better performance. We also ran other benchmark tools to ascertain if performance scores recorded in SiSoft Sandra tests had any direct impact elsewhere in everyday usage. Last of all, we overclocked the base frequency of our test board from its default value of 100MHz in order to ascertain which memory module kit can be pushed furthest. We kept their memory timings within the the stated levels while conducting our overclocking trials to prevent adding further variables.

 

Test Configuration

  • Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.5GHz
  • ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe (BIOS Version 1709)
  • MSI N460GTX Hawk graphics card (ForceWare 285.62)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps (one single NTFS partition)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.3.1022 (Chipset Drivers)

 

 

Benchmarks

The following benchmarks were used to test the memory modules:

Memory Test Benchmarks

  • SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2013a - Memory Bandwidth and Latency tests
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage (ver 1.03.1, 64-bit) - PCMark and Memories tests
  • Futuremark PCMark 7 - Creativity and Entertainment tests
  • SPECviewperf 9 - proe-04 and sw-01 viewset tests
  • Crysis 1.2.1 - CPU Test 2, 1024 x 768, Medium settings for all except Physics at High
  • Far Cry 2 - 1280 x 1024, Ranch Small Map, No AA, DX10, High Settings