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Buffalo 256MB PC3700 DDR466 Memory Review

Buffalo 256MB PC3700 DDR466 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With a PC3700 (DDR466 at CL3) speed rating the Buffalo memory is easily the fastest rated memory we've tested.
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Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Buffalo Technology May 14 2003   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs #1:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

AthlonXP 3000+

Clock Speed:

13 x 166 MHz = 2.17 GHz

10 x 215 MHz = 2.15 GHz

Motherboards: Epox 8RGA+
Chipset: nVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMax+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK-6 W/40CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce 2.03
ATi Catalyst 3.2

PCStats Test System Specs #2:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 1.6A

Clock Speed:

16 x 133 MHz = 2.13 GHz*

16 x 165 MHz = 2.64 GHz **

Motherboards: Abit IT7 MAX2 Rev2
Chipset: i845PE
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700

Hard Drive: 40GB Maxtor D740X
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Swiftech MCW5000-PT
PowerSupply: Enermax 550W PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF's 4.30
ATi Catalyst 3.2
Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro
PCMark2002
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - At 133 MHz FSB we were using the 3/4 memory divider which means memory was running 354 MHz and was using 2-2-2-5 memory timings.

** - At 165 MHz FSB with the 3/4 memory divider enabled we were running 440 MHz with 2-2-2-5 timings.

Sisoft Sandra 2003 Pro Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2003 Benchmark Results

Memory Benchmark (FSB/Memory)

AMD/ALU

1. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 2581 MB/s
2. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (166/333 MHz) 2585 MB/s
3. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (215/430 MHz) 3307 MB/s

Intel/ALU

4.

Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (133/354 MHz)

2705 MB/s
5. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (165/440 MHz) 3498 MB/s

AMD/FPU

1. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 2449 MB/s
2. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (166/333 MHz) 2478 MB/s
3. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (215/430 MHz) 3095 MB/s

Intel/ALU

4. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (133/354 MHz) 2704 MB/s
5. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (165/440 MHz) 3498 MB/s

Sandra is good at testing theoretical power and here we see the Buffalo PC3700 DDR has plenty of bandwidth!

PCMark 2002 Source: MadOnion

PCMark is a new benchmark from our pals at MadOnion which a whole system benchmark. It can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries. This benchmark was released March 12, 2002 and can be downloaded from Madonion if you would like to give it a test run on your computer for comparisons sake...

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results

AMD Memory (FSB/Memory)

Score

Ranking

1 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 5904
2. 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (166/333 MHz) 5879
3. 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (215/430 MHz) 6709

Intel Memory (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (133/354 MHz) 6312
2. 2x 256MB Buffalo PC3700 (165/440 MHz) 8006

No surprise that at stock speeds the Buffalo performs on par with our Corsair XMS3500 DIMM's. Overclocking yields quite a healthy performance boost!

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Contents of Article: Buffalo Technology DD466-S256/WB
 Pg 1.  Buffalo 256MB PC3700 DDR466 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — System Spec's and benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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