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Corsair XMS2 8500 DDR2 Memory Review

Subject: Memory
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Stock Performance - Everest 2006

We will now look at the performance of the Corsair XMS2 8500 using Everest which performs three key tests: copy, read, and write. The results of these tests typically don't tell us much but are useful for pointing out unusual or exceptional behaviour.



Note: Gigabyte @ 667 MHz memory bus.
Asus P5WD2 with XMS2 5400UL @ 667 MHz memory bus.



Note: Gigabyte @ 667 MHz memory bus.
Asus P5WD2 with XMS2 5400UL @ 667 MHz memory bus.



Note: Gigabyte @ 667 MHz memory bus.
Asus P5WD2 with XMS2 5400UL @ 667 MHz memory bus.


At stock speeds the XMS2 8500 performs identically to the XMS2 8000UL which shouldn't really be a surprise. At tighter timings of 3-2-3-6 the XMS2 8500 would not POST in the system, but had no problems at 3-3-3-9.


The Gigabyte GA-G1975X does slightly better than the Asus P5WD2 thanks to the Intel 975X chipset. The difference is marginal, but quantifiable nonetheless.