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Benchmark Results: Applications

LGA 1156 Memory Performance: What Speed DDR3 Should You Buy?

3ds Max runs slightly faster on low latency RAM (DDR3-1333) and on high speed memory. You want at least DDR3-1333 speed at quick timings here.

There is hardly any performance difference between fast and slower DDR3 memory when checking for viruses using AVG Anti-Virus.

The results of creating a PDF document out of a huge PowerPoint presentation vary quite a bit and reveal slight benefits with faster memory. The difference isn’t really significant, though.

There is no real performance difference when working with large images using extensive filters in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Results are different when editing video using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. The difference between the slowest and the fastest memory setup is 6 seconds, which is quite a bit considering that we're talking about memory performance here. You’ll probably get similar performance variance when going from one processor speed bin to another. High clock speed wins under Premiere, but quick timings have a positive impact, too.

Once again, there are noticeable differences between memory speeds, this time when using WinRAR to compress and archive files. The differences are significant, and WinRAR is clearly more sensitive to timing than clock speed changes.

Unlike WinRAR, WinZIP doesn’t scale very well with faster memory.

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    augustus_77 , 9 December 2009 07:48
    I think the advantage of DDR3-1600 is not in the memory speed, but that the multiplier-locked CPU can be overclocked to a much higher frequency than DDR3-1066 would permit. This will result in the tremendous performance gain of DDR3-1600 over DDR3-1066.
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    jamac666 , 9 December 2009 20:43
    I love DDR3! It's such fast ram and mine is only 1333mhz. Well worth the upgrade from ddr2.
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    acecooper , 10 December 2009 03:39
    how long are the adobe encoding program settings for? (premiere)
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    damian86 , 10 December 2009 06:07
    Thanks a lot guys,that was a usefull guide if you are wondering what memory you will get.Why are you showing all the benchmarks in percentages?
    in the games,mp3 encoding,rar?you could give us a precise result by showing it on fps,minutes and secs,scores, doesn't really help if you say "Percent(more is better)".not offence,just trying to help.
    I took your advise anyway.Thanks
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    vernoncougar , 10 December 2009 14:36
    I've got core i7 860 with team xtreem 8GB 1600mhz memory,i am happy with it.
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    redkachina , 10 December 2009 15:56
    Great, I'm still torn between lots of DDR3 brands for my next i5 750 / PII 955 builds, clearly that the difference between each RAM speed is not that I'm going for the cheaper ones!
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    Black3ird , 5 March 2010 14:45
    Apart from my supplier not haveing a few of the compared items for sale, this was great help in deciding, thanks!