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2gb more still poor benchmark

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ence, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Ence

    Ence Kilobyte Poster

    This is the 1st I try or looked at benchmark software.

    I had 1.49bg ram VM was having problems so I got some more ram two sticks 1gb so now I have 3.49gb WOOHOO I did think but don't seem to be much different!

    Benchmark score before adding ram
    CPU 6380
    MEM 5019
    HDD 1158

    After adding 2gb score best of three.
    CPU 6250
    MEM 4304
    HDD 1014

    So the low the score the better ?
  2. Tinus1959

    Tinus1959 Gigabyte Poster

    Normally the higher the score, the better. Not sure why the second score is lower than the first. You say the VM is having problems. Are you sure these problems are memory related?
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    could be RAM/CPU bottle neck. Sometimes faster Ram like PC2-8500 (1066MHz) isn't as good as PC2-6400 (800MHz) because of the latecy figures. Also some time higher spec ram like PC-8500 is better as 2GB instead of four when opposed to 4GB of PC2-6400.
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  4. Ence

    Ence Kilobyte Poster

    thanks Tinus1959/greenbrucelee


    I thinking about getting one more stick 1gb as they work in pair as I have 3.5gb now.
    I'm going for DDR PC3200 CL=3 Unbuffered NON-ECC DDR400 2.6V 128Meg x 64
    then the DDR PC2700 DDR333 I hoping it will make may make a differences.
  5. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    what benchmark software did you use? I'd normally use benchmark 2006 and get way better score than than, and did see improvements when adding 2gb more ram.

    Also when you ran the benchmarks, was the pc at the same state each time? no extra background programs or resources being used? Obviously if you run the test an on one have an app running in the background and not on teh other the results will be different. You could even expect to get different results running in the same identical setup each time, just due to the error margins on these tests (though in this case they should still be close).
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  6. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    try futuremark

    whats the comp spec ?

    try putting the new memory in the first 2 dimms

    check your virtual memory has changed

    also check the bios for memory speeds, timings etc

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  7. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    Could you tell me exactly what ram you now have in your system? It's possible that you may have gone from dual channel mode into single channel mode without realising it. The physical layout of how you have your ram installed in the motherboard can be important.

    Basically, you are going to want to match your memory up. It's fairly typical for instance to have slots 1 & 3 (on a 4 slot board) be linked for dual channel mode. In this case, 2 & 4 would also be linked. So if you had 2 x 1GB sticks, they would go into slots 1 & 3, then you would put matched DIMMS into 2 & 4 also.

    If you have mis-matched modules in linked slots, then the system will likely switch to single channel mode and you will take a hit in performance. Mind you, memory benchmark scores and real world performance are two different things. You would have to have a big drop in a bench score to notice any real difference on your system in terms of actual performance in programs.
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