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tweaks memory speed comparison
   Have you ever wondered how much difference different types of RAM really make to system performance?, I certainly have, and I decided that I would test this out. Unfortunately I only had access to a SDRAM based system so I could not test out DDR RAM or RAMBUS.
   For the testing I decided to use tow of the most widely used(and free) benchmarking programs, 3DMark2001, and SiSoft SANDRA. In 3DMark I only performed the game benchmarks, as none of the other tests are good indicators of overall system speed. From SANDRA, I ran the Floating Point, and Integer memory benchmark tests. All tests where repeated three times with an average being taken, the system was rebooted after each test run. I decided I would test the following memory speeds:
  • 100 MHz CAS3
  • 100 MHz CAS2
  • 133 MHz CAS3
  • 133 MHz CAS2
   I also tried 140MHz CAS2, which produced impressive memory benchmarks. however the system would not complete 3DMark2001, so I disregarded the results.
   The test system was:
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 1GHz(10*100)
  • Motherboard: Abit KT7-A RAID
  • Memory: 2x 256MB Crucial CAS2 PC133 DIMMs
  • Hard Drive: IBM DeskStar 75GXP 30GB
  • Video Card: Elsa Geforce 3
  • Sound Card: Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Player 1024
  • Network Card: SMC 1255TX 10/100 PCI
  • Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 2
   For each test as well as the raw result I calculated a percentage improvement over 100Mhz CAS3.

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