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Sandra is a software collection of synthetic benchmarks that will give us a basic idea as to what a system is capable of. It should be noted that SiSoft numbers can change depending on what version you have installed, these were recorded using Sandra Professional Version 17.25.2011.1
* The iSSE4.2 benchmark recieves a huge boost due to Win 7 SP1, The instruction set is supported well in Windows now. All future benchmarks with newer CPUs should reflect the same gain.
AIDA64 Extreme Edition
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking software package designed to assist with overclocking and general system tuning. The package also contains modules to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives in addition to normal stuff like stress testing and troubleshooting.
Unreal Tournament 3
UT3 is the fourth game in the Unreal Tournament series. It has no story mode gameplay and is exclusively designed for multiplayer action. While the gameplay and weapons are similar to the UT2004 counterpart, the gaming engine is all new. For this benchmark, we're using the UT3Bench tool from Guru3D, and CarbonFire Botmatch to record framerates. The resolution was set to 1680x1050 since we wanted to access total system performance.
Crysis is based in a fictional future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island off the coast of China. Crysis uses DirectX 10 for graphics rendering. For this benchmark we are using the Crysis Benchmarking Tool to run the Assault Harbor demo at 1680x1050 with global quality set to High.
When comparing two kits of memory with the same speed it is hard to find a clear winner. The RipjawsX 2133 C7 modules trade blows with the C9 kit throughout our tests. With speed being the main factor for bandwidth this was not suprising since they are equal in clockspeed.The Latency times are really the best indicator of the gain dropping from Cas 9 to a Cas 7.
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