Now that the new Intel Core i7 platform is on the market and consumers are looking into building systems for the holidays Legit Reviews takes a look at four different memory speeds to see if going with faster memory is worth the extra cost. We run the kits at 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz on five different benchmarks to see if any difference can be noticed by just changing the memory speed in the BIOS.
I was hoping that at the end of testing one speed grade would stand out at the obvious choice, but to be honest since the performance is close to linear there really isn't. With the world wide economy in a recession many consumers have a tight budget, so in the end only buy what you can afford. Also keep in mind that with processors like the Intel Core i7-920 and Intel Core i7-940 have a maximum memory speed of 1066MHz that can't be increased unless you overclock the base clock. That means the only consumers to needs higher clock speed memory are those lucky enough to purchase an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme processor. With the Extreme processor boards like the ASUS P6T Deluxe that I used for testing in this article have memory dividers for for 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz, 1866MHz, and 2133MHz memory frequencies with no changes needed to the base clock or the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI).
Article Title: Picking The Right Memory Kit For Intel Core i7 Platforms
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