Starcraft 2 Kingston 1866mhz amazing results.

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  1. dreamwonder

    dreamwonder Notebook Consultant

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    My 2 cent.

    If your like me, having the need to play Starcraft 2 on the x220 with the ips screen and the intel hd 3000 gpu, here is some remarkable improvement using faster memory from Kingston.

    All results are done with medium settings, with texture on high at 1366x768. FPS is measured at the start of a 1v1 using the same replay.

    x220 i5, 4gb 2 dimm at 1333 = 31 fps
    x220 i7, 4gb 1 dimm at 1333 = 34 fps
    x220 i7, 8gb 2 dimm at 1866 = 54 fps
    x220 i7, 8gb 2 dimm at 1333 (corsair) = 48 fps

    The Kingston memory cost me $138 from newegg. It is absolutely worth the upgrade until I tested it with 8gb at 1333mhz and saw that it only provided a 10% gain. But going from 4gb to 8gb provided a huge gain, roughly 60%.

    Is 10% gain from 1333 to 1866 worth the double the cost (corsair costed me $70)? Probably not.

    3dMark06 i7, 8gb 2 dimm at 1866 = 5396

    And if you happen to use a 30 inch monitor:
    x220 i7, 8gb 2 dimm at 1866mhz on 2564x1600 res, medium setting, high texture = 19 fps
    x220 i7, 8gb 2 dimm at 1866mhz on 2564x1600 res, low setting, high texture = 56 fps
     
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    ugh how about hte most important test 8gb 2 dimm at 1333
     
  3. Colonel O'Neill

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    If 6GB @ 1333mhz doesn't improve significantly, then we can assume that 8GB @ 1333mhz won't either.
     
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    damn it. The intel site listed 1333 Mhz as the highest supported memory on my CPU otherwise I would have gone for the hyper x. Ugh
     
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    where do you see the 6gb
     
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    Updated with 8gb at 1333mhz, more surpises...
     
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    hey that's more than the 2-3% performance increase most benchmarks have been reporting. good test!
     
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    Well. I had like 4.5 score in Windows Experience Index (both graphics) w/ the stock 4gb. I upgraded to 8gb DDR3-1600 hyperx and my score went up to 6.2 in both graphics. This makes sense, as your graphics RAM is shared with your system ram, so if your RAM sticks are faster, your GPU will perform better too.

    With the i7, I can confirm that it detects the sticks and HWiNFO32 detects them as clocked at the right speeds.
     
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