RAM - 512 MB Single vs 1024 MB Dual Channel

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Worth doing? – Kyle Lunau

After recently purchasing another stick of RAM for my system, I figured I would measure performance before and after so the rest of you can make educated decisions about upping your RAM. Enjoy!

The System used for this test is as follows:

  • Asus A7N8X motherboard
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ processor at 2.3 GHz and 1.825 volts
  • Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM drive
  • Western Digital 160 GB 7200RPM drive
  • PNY Nvidia 6800 GS AGP w/ stock clocks

The testing was carried out as follows:

  • In both tests RAM was run at 175 MHz, 3-3-3-7 timings and 2.6 volts
  • 3DMark 2001 SE was run on highest settings and 1280 x 1024 resolution
  • 3DMark 2003 was run with 1024 x 768 x 32 resolution and optimal settings (the non-pro versions settings are not changeable)
  • 3DMark 2005 was run with the same settings as 3DMark 2003 for the same reason
  • Aquamark 3 was run with 1024 x 768 x 32 on very high detail with no AA and 4x Aniso
  • Load times were an average of 5 tests, boot 2 tests and reset and shutdown 1 test
  • BF2 level load was Strike at Karkand Singleplayer with bots on easy
  • PCMark was run with the system tests only
  • Firefox average was taken starting right after entry to Windows

Benchmarks

Test

512 MB Single Channel

1024 MB Dual Channel

3DMark 2001 SE

13,590

13,671

3DMark 03

9,700

9,504

3DMark 05

4,434

4,485

3DMark 06

2,075

2,077

AquaMark 3

49,465

49,805

PCMark 04

3,789

3,805

PCMark 05

3,282

3,361

BF2 Max Playable – Resolution: 1280 x 96

Terrain: High
Effects: High
Geometry: High
Texture: Medium
Lighting: Medium
Dynamic Shadows: Medium
Dynamic Light: Medium
AA: Off
Texture Filtering: Medium
View Distance: 100%

Terrain: High
Effects: High
Geometry: High
Texture: High
Lighting: High
Dynamic Shadows: High
Dynamic Light: High
AA: Off
Texture Filtering: High
View Distance: 100%

Boot Time

41.88 seconds

37.35 seconds

Firefox Load Time

Initially: 17.20 seconds
Average: 4.46 seconds

Initially: 17.37 seconds
Average: 4.38 seconds

BF2 Level load time

Initially: 4 min/ 44.1 sec
2nd run: 47.78 seconds
3rd run: 30.48 seconds
4th run: 27.51 seconds
5th run 30.54 seconds

Initially: 1 min/ 44.7 sec
2nd run: 45.56 seconds
3rd run: 43.16 seconds
4th run: 43.36 seconds
5th run: 42.81 seconds

Shutdown time

17.81 Seconds

16.32 seconds

Restart time

1 minute 16.30 seconds

1 minute 18.03 seconds

WOW!! I would have to say the extra 512 MB is definitely worth it just from the reduction in BF2 load times!

Although I didn’t include it in the testing, I also found that the extra RAM greatly reduced load times in Counter Strike: Source as well. In general use, the extra RAM could not really be noticed though and most of the tests I ran showed only modest increases in performance. But I have to say the gig is good to have in BF2!

All in all I think this proves that for today’s latest games – or newer titles at least – the full gig really makes a difference!

Kyle Lunau

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