Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?

You are probably thinking that before you will be a review of the next set of memory modules. But this is not true. Of course, you will see the familiar headings, such as “Introduction”, “Review samples”, “description of the test platform,” and a few tests. But the rest of the article will be about something else.

The forums computer topics constantly ask typical general questions concerning the work of DRAM. Often people do not understand why DRAM works in a certain way, why on one platform capacity is lower than the other, why between similar sets of DRAM is a big difference in terms of how to make the DRAM operates at a maximum declared parameters are compatible different types of memory, and so on . Memory manufacturers are also peppered with such matters, so we approached them with the idea of making a separate article. In this article, we compare the performance of RAM on AMD and Intel platforms and answer a series of questions that are often seen on the forums.

The ideal choice for such tests would DDR3-2400 memory kit of 32 GB, since it can slow down or accelerate the contrary, to scale up to 16 GB or 8 GB for comparative testing. We approached several manufacturers of RAM and in response received a whole bunch of samples from (in alphabetical order) ADATA, AMD Radeon Memory, Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston, Mushkin Enhanced and Team Group.

Memory DDR3 | Tested sets

We requested samples of DDR3-2400 memory of 32 GB configuration 4×8 GB, but what it set to send, solved by the producers themselves. As a result, we have two sets of DDR3-2400 CL10 32 GB DDR3-2400 CL11 five sets of 32 GB and two identical sets of 2×8 GB 2400/11 (the producers did not have sets of 32 GB). Also, we have included a list of our own set of modules 2400/10 of 32 GB (Trident X).

The Model ADATA XPG V2 AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series Corsair Vengeance Pro Series G, Skill Snipers
Best price in US $ 175 250 135 250
The best price in the Russian Federation rubles. n / a n / a 26300 n / a
Model number X3U 2400W8G11-DMV R938 G2401U2S x2 CMY32 GX3M4A 2400C10R F3- 240011Q- 32GSR
Timings 11- 13- 13- 35 (XMP) 11- 12- 12- 31 (AMP) 10- 12- 12- 31 (XMP) 11- 13- 13- 31 (XMP)
Voltage, 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.65
Height mm 43.5 32.8 43.75 42
Guarantee Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
The Model G, Skill Trident X Kingston HyperX Savage Mushkin Enhanced Team Xtreem
Best price in US $ 290 295 323 138
The best price in the Russian Federation rubles. n / a 18670 n / a n / a
Model number F3- 240010Q- 32GTX HX324 C11SR K4 / 32 994123F TXD332 G2400HC 10QQC01
Timings -12- 10 12 31 11- 13- 13- 35 (XMP) 11- 13- 13- 31 (XMP) 10- 12- 12- 31 (XMP)
Voltage, 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.65
Height mm 54 (adjusted to 39) 32.8 40 52.3
Guarantee Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Memory DDR3 | Test configuration and benchmarks

For testing, we used two platforms (motherboard and processor), one – based on AMD, the other – on the basis of Intel. The remaining components were identical. These include CPU cooler Hyper 212 EVO, SSD G.Skill Phoenix Pro 256GB, Seasonic power supply 750, video card Asus 290X Matrix and the operating system Win7 Ultimate.

Processor from AMD FX-8370 is installed on the motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula Z. Chip Intel Core i7-4770K worked on the motherboard Asus Z87 Maximus VI Hero.


For testing, we used the following programs:

  • Aida 64 Engineer Edition.
  • PassMark Performance Test.
  • Si-Sandra Support-Engineer 2015 (special thanks to Si-Software for the provision of pre-release versions of “2015”).
  • Geekbench 3.
  • WinRAR.
  • Prime95.

To test latency and speed read / write memory, we chose Aida. In PassMark benchmark interest us Modules Memory Mark and Database. In the Si-Sandra has delayed memory test Aggregate Memory Latency. GeekBench 3 will provide overall performance single-core and multi-core performance and WinRAR will show how much memory and frequency affect the overall system performance.

Memory DDR3 | Testing Methodology

Each test we repeat five times. Then remove the highest and lowest results, and calculate the average of the three remaining parameters.

Intel system

We have included a mode XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile), which is correctly set of specifications values (2400 and timings specified by the manufacturer) for all modules except for sets of ADATA and AMD, as we used two sets (2×8 GB) to obtain volume 32 GB. This often happens when people use together separate sets of memory, even the same. Often enough to make minor adjustments of voltage and / or timing to complete sets or individual strips earned together, but it does not always help. Therefore, memory manufacturers offer such a wide range of sets 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 bars, in which they are tested for compatibility.

AMD system

Asus Crosshair V Formula Z uses DOCP (DRAM Over Clock Profile) – is, in fact, a branch or a separate species XMP, but, in contrast to XMP, which directly uses the actual timings specified in the SPD (programmed by the manufacturer), this technology is more focused to work with the frequencies. AMD motherboard can also use other overclocking profiles, for example, AMP (AMD Memory Profiles) and EOCP (Easy Over Clocking Profiles). As an exception, we used AMP to set the AMD Radeon Gaming DRAM to the factory settings 11-12-12-31, 1.65 V. Technology DOCP customize these kits as well as the rest, ie mode 11-13-13- 35, 1.65 V. This suggests that DOCP simply puts the best timings programmed memory DRR3-2400. This happens as a set CL10, and CL11, all of which work well with these settings. But as in all sets of specifications manufacturer tighter timings, we set them manually.

Before turning to the results of the test will tell you about the challenges we faced when setting up on both platforms.

Memory DDR3 | Installation on the AMD platform

The nominal speed of the memory with processors AMD FX 1866 is when one module per channel and 1600 with four of the DIMM. This can be misleading as using expensive and cheap processors. We saw a lot of top-level processors with higher frequency DRAM, as well as many lower-level FX chips that could not run at a speed of memory 1866. It is one of the reasons why we chose to test it DDR3-2400. We expect that the majority of tests have to spend at a speed of 2133, as few FX processor capable of working memory DDR3-2400, especially when the volume of 32GB when all slots are filled. Selecting a processor FX-8370, we were right in the bull’s-eye. No less important role in the exceptional stability of the system under test played motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula Z. And although it is a bit more expensive than other motherboards based on the AM3 +, it is felt that the money spent.

Using different sets of modules

Using the RAM modules from different sets can lead to problems that we actually faced by adjusting modules and AMD Radeon ADATA (recall that these producers sent to two separate sets of 2×8 GB modules, we tested first). As a general rule, to make work properly mixed sets DRAM, enough to adjust the timings and / or voltage. In the case of AMD memory system booted normally and worked with the settings AMP, until we tried to run Prime95, after which the system has failed. Increasing the voltage CPU / NB (controls memory controller) by only 0.06 in the stabilized system. With a set of ADATA system does not want to boot, but after a similar increase the voltage on CPU / NB (+0,05) download is successful, but running Prime95 again led to crash. For this group, we have increased the DIMM memory voltage to 1.7 V and added to the CPU / NB is still 0.04 In order to achieve stable operation at 1.31 V (remembering about the platform Intel, also had some doubts that the installation of four bars DRAM can do without additional tweaks).

If you do not go into a lot of boring details, we have tried with varying success to combine modules in pairs of different sets of DRAM. Some of them managed to run via voltage adjustments, some by changing the timings for other combinations and took it, and more.Were combinations which do not work at all. For example, two strips Corsair in any does not want to work with two strips of Team. Then we put the remaining two modules Corsair same two modules Team, and it worked. It is not difficult to conclude that the successful combination of different memory modules – is a matter of chance. Advance is difficult to say for sure whether to work or that the combination of modules / kits.

Refusal to load

Two sets refused to load the settings from DOCP to 2400, when they were installed all four strips. For them, we have chosen the common tactics and increased the CPU multiplier to 21.5 (base processor frequency increased from 4.0 to 4.3 GHz). Small overclock possible to reduce the voltage modules ADATA back to 1.65 V, and the voltage of CPU / NB had to leave at a reduced level of 1.26 V.

Failure at high loads

There were three cases of failure in Prime95, and all three have decided a small increase in voltage processor. Thus, the cause of failure was not a DRAM.

Memory DDR3 | Test results on the AMD platform

With AMD platform issues was much less than we expected, but they are all characterized by a large number of processors / AMD motherboards and RAM.

Compress files with WinRAR

In tests using WinRAR, we compress the video to the original size of 6.97 GB. Time difference between task sets was negligible. As might be expected, three sets CL10 were in the top four, and two of them take the lead. The situation was similar to DRAM mode 1600/9.

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?

Compressing files in WinRAR on AMD FX-8370, min: sec (less – better)

You need to look not only at the charts, but also at the numbers. Thus, the time required to compress the file is in the range 4:39 (Team Xtreem) and 4:58 (ADATA). In the time range was DDR3-1600 5:11 – 5:21. By reducing the amount of memory up to 16 GB on the 2400 best time increased for a moment, and the range of fluctuations increased to 5:38 – 5:47. With 8 GB, again at 2400, the fastest result was 5:47, and slow – 6:01.

As you can see, the difference between a set of small, although the task execution time increases with decreasing frequency. This is one reason that people can watch the performance improvement with increasing frequency to multitask when using demanding applications, such as video editing and image, CAD, GIS tasks, virtual machines, and so on. D. Also noticeable increase in execution time while reducing the amount of memory . As already mentioned, the differences are small, but as an example, the difference between the memory at 2400 and 1600 are approximately 30 seconds for 5 minutes test, i.e. per hour will save about 6 minutes (or 45 minutes per day). If the whole day to perform tasks intensively working with RAM, but instead use 8GB 32GB, time saving almost double.

Geekbench 3.2.2 Pro

Geekbench provides the overall score based on the results of tests for single and multiple cores:

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?

Geekbench 3.2.2 Pro on AMD FX-8375, the total score (more – better)

According to the results of tests kits were again mixed, although we had hoped for sane results. This graph shows the total results of individual sets of memory. Although they may be of interest to only a certain category of readers, we did so, taking care not to overload the material schedules.

Latency and bandwidth

To test the memory latency, as well as read / write speed, we used AIDA64 Engineer Edition.The results varied, but we brought them in one diagram:

Latency and bandwidth

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?


Rate the overall speed of the memory in MB / s we have received via Si-Sandra:

DDR3-2400 DDR3-1600
11.9 to 23.8 MB / s 17.62 to 17.89 MB / s

PassMark Performance

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance?

PassMark Performance Test is a module Composite Memory, combining the results of all tests, and the so-called module Database Operations (database operations):

PassMark 8.0 build 1045

Next, we compare these results with the results of tests on a platform of Intel. Then move on to the fun part.

On the Intel platform had almost no problems. Two sets of ADATA 2×8 GB demanded slight increase voltage DRAM (expected for mixed sets). Memory kit Radeon we configured manually. Then took a small increase in voltage and DRAM memory controller (VTT). The remaining sets are easy to run at the appropriate settings from XMP. i7-4770K worked at a frequency of 4 GHz-enabled Turbo Boost.

Serious problems with DRAM configuration we did not have, but if you will, most likely, you will be the ways in which we use when setting up the sets on the platform AMD. The difference is that when adjusting the voltage of the memory controller, you first need to know the abbreviation of its name, which Intel, seems to change with every new chipset, and sometimes uses a variety of options for different motherboards on the same chipset. This can be DDRVTT, VTTCPU, CPUVTT, VCCIO, VTT and others who even sometimes grouped with VCCSA (System Agent Voltage).

Memory DDR3 | Test results on the Intel platform

Compress files with WinRAR

In tests using WinRAR, we compress the video to the original size of 6.97 GB. Time difference between task sets was negligible. As might be expected, three sets CL10 were in the top four, and two of them take the lead. The situation was similar to DRAM mode 1600/9.

Compressing files in WinRAR for Intel Core i7-4470K, min: sec (less – better)

The fastest time of the task file compression was 3:06 (modules G.Skill Trident X), and the slowest – 3:31. When the memory runs at a frequency of 1600, the range has shifted to the 4: 01- 4:32. In the transition to 16 GB of DRAM at a frequency of 2400, the best time was 3:31, the worst – 3:51. With the volume level of 8 GB at 2400, the execution time ranged 4:16 – 4:39.

Geekbench 3.2.2 Pro

Geekbench provides the overall score based on the results of tests for single and multiple cores:

Latency and bandwidth

To test the memory latency, as well as read / write speed, we used AIDA64 Engineer Edition.The results varied, but we brought them in one diagram:

Latency and bandwidth


Rate the overall speed of the memory in MB / s we have received via Si-Sandra:

DDR3-2400 DDR3-1600
31.3 to 31.9 MB / s 20.41 to 21.23 MB / s

PassMark Performance

PassMark Performance Test is a module Composite Memory, combining the results of all tests, and the so-called module Database Operations (database operations):

Memory DDR3 | Comparative Analysis

After studying the figures, everyone can draw their own conclusions. We all know that the processor Intel 4770K powerful FX 8370 in both single-threaded and multi-threaded tasks.This in itself leads to higher evaluation Geekbench and other tests. We believe that the main differences in associated with the memory controller into the processor. AMD technology is older and is focused on the lower frequencies and amounts of memory. We hope that the next generation processors will use the achievements of the company, has already been introduced in the new APU, which are more efficient use of memory with a high clock frequency. Intel is working with DRAM at lower latency, providing a high-speed read and write.

We could do a detailed comparative analysis of the performance, but the purpose of this article is not the case. This time we want to show what you can expect from a particular platform and configuration memory. Why on different platforms can be such a big break off in the test results. Why to perform the same tasks in the system with an AMD processor takes longer than with Intel.

It is also possible to get an idea about how a high-performance DRAM can improve on any platform in the transition from DDR3-1600, for example, DDR3-2400, or by increasing the volume of 8 to 16 GB or 32 GB. The difference in the results shown in the graph, it may seem small, so we had a few tests that are not on the list of benchmarks.

Most benchmarks are not particularly heavy use of memory. For example, in the game test focuses on CPU or GPU, and RAM functions as a channel for data transmission. Advantages high DRAM, generally manifested in multitasking applications or memory-intensive. To demonstrate the differences when switching between DDR3-2400 and DDR3-1600, as well as change the amount of memory (8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB) DDR3-2400 mode, we used WinRar. As expected, when using a memory with a low frequency of 1600 or smaller task execution time increases. We also experimented with simultaneous operation of multiple applications, and with them, run WinRAR to compress the file used previously. “Imitation” consisted of opening 10 tabs in Chrome, start scanning Malware Bytes and run Geekbench with WinRAR. As a result, on the Intel platform, we received the following figures (five runs, the minimum and maximum results are discarded, the remaining three are averaged):

The initial rate in the test WinRAR Rate in simulated multitasking
2400 32 GB 3:06 5:29
1600 32 GB 4:01 6:56
2400 16 GB 3:31 6:24
2400 8 GB 4:16 8:13

In the simulation of multitasking it is clear that additional memory gives the greatest increase in speed.

Memory DDR3 | Top solutions

All eight sets of DRAM on two platforms were almost equal. Although the article is more exploratory in nature and is not a regular review of RAM, we decided to allocate for each platform solutions which showed the best results.

The best solution for the AMD platform

AMD platform the best results of all tested sets showed memory Team Xtreem. In general, it’s a little testing has overtaken other two sets with CL10: G.Skill Trident X and Corsair Vengeance Pro (in that order). Among the sets latency CL11 were the best modules G.Skill Sniper. Set Team Group just opened our eyes. We look forward to the opportunity to try their other products.

The best solution for the Intel platform

Intel platform proved the most effective set of G.Skill Trident X. He was a little overtaken Corsair Vengeance Pro and Team Xtreem. Among the sets CL11 were the first modules Sniper. C slight lag followed by Kingston Savage and Mushkin Blackline.

AData and AMD

Both manufacturers ADATA and AMD were so confident in the quality of its products that have sent us two sets of 2×8 GB (ie. A. In their range are no sets 4×8 GB). We hope that they will release full sets of 32 GB of the four brackets with high frequencies because double sets worked very well.

A few words about packaging

Sets Team Xtreem and Mushkin Blackline have the best package. Clips in the box to protect strips from damage, and they look great. Quite an unusual package in brackets Kingston Savage. It is distinguished by an unusual design of the pallet. This box even throw a pity.


With the introduction of AMP memory AMD Radeon Gamer Series introduces a new approach to overclocking profiles. Time will tell whether it can compete with other manufacturers.

High standards Trident X can be installed at low CPU cooler, if you remove the upper radiator fins.

Outward appearance

Determine the most beautiful set has been difficult because beauty – a subjective concept. We liked the look of the modules Trident X, although the series ROG motherboards look better modules Vengeance Pro. The body straps are attractive AMD Gamer Series, moreover, it is possible to read the inscription on the upper edge of the radiator. ADATA XPG, Savage and Muchkin Blackline have a neat appearance, and each has its own peculiarity in the design of the radiator. Most original appearance has set Team Xtreem, it has the effect of reflecting strip transfusion color. Just wanted to see her on both sides of the module. Radiators on the modules Sniper, made in the form of rifles, have become classics.

We spent many hours on testing these sets and we can not hesitate to recommend any of them, of course, given your circumstances. We will continue to test them with other combinations of motherboards and processors to find the best combination of factors, which can offer different sets of memory.

Memory DDR3 | Conclusion

In this article we have tried to show why the same memory gives different results on different platforms. Here you will find some information that can help in case of problems when setting DRAM.

As mentioned earlier, we plan to make one or two articles on memory in which we understand the common questions and misconceptions.

Memory DDR3: how to improve the system performance? updated: April 4, 2015 author: John Malkovich