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Memory and Performance: The Bottom Line

ExtremeTech writes:
Memory. An integral part of every computer, the bank of system RAM (random access memory) is the place, outside the CPU's own cache, where data gets stored for the short-term as it gets sent to the main processor by programs and returned after calculation.

This article sets out to try to answer all kinds of memory questions herein. Using nearly identical motherboards to test both DDR2 and DDR3, we ran all kinds of performance tests, subjective and repeatable, synthetic and real-world. We played and benchmarked games, crunched huge amounts of data, and ran Windows with tons of stuff open.

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funkeystu3528d ago

1. Admit that "32-bit operating systems can't see a full 4GB of RAM, but we used that capacity anyway (as well as 2GB) for the simple reason that it's easier to get memory in those capacities than in more precise amounts."

2. Proceed to compare 2gb systems to 4gb systems, and compare the results against memory speed increases and DDR type.

3. Fail <-and I must say I don't use the term lightly (In their defence it probably wouldn't have altered the overall outcome (ie that capacity is more important than clock speed or DDR3), but why they used a 32bit copy of vista is beyond me)