It is often debated that using more expensive "enthusiast-grade" memory will help application and gaming performance. We use the latest AMD FX-8150 8-core processor and ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula 990FX to find out if that holds true for the Bulldozers…

Test Setup

  • CPU: AMD FX-8150 8-core/8 thread processor @ 4.7Ghz (all power saving options disabled)
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula (BETA 9905 bios made by Shamino – with latest BD AGESA, unlocks higher memory multipliers up to 2400)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 6990 (Crossfire) with Catalyst 11.10 Preview 2 (8.901.2.0)
  • HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow with 2 Fans
  • SSD: Corsair X128 SSD
  • PSU: CM Silent Pro M 1000W
  • OS: Windows 7 x64 with SP1

Contenders:

  • SGD$30 Value Ram – 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 1T
  • SGD$50 Value Ram – 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 1T
  • SGD$100 High End Kit – 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 1T
  • SGD$180 Extreme Level Kit – 2133Mhz 7-10-7-27 1T

 

AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth/Latency Test:

 

wPrime:

 

 x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 (video encoding)

 

Crysis 2 1.9 Ultra (DirectX 11)

Left 4 Dead 2 (DirectX 9)

 

Conclusion

We'll let our readers make the conclusions in the comments section below :)