3D / Gaming benchmarks
Beginning with Futuremark
And wrapping things up with 2 game benchmarks:Conclusion
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. It was just two years ago 2GB kits of memory (PC3200) ran as high as $600 and rarely were found less than $400. Currently 2048MB kits do offer benefits especially since the gist of DDR based systems will use A64 or Opteron processors featuring on-die memory controllers. The term "bottleneck" once associated with Memory Controller Hubs located in the chipset's North Bridge, has become a misnomer (insofar as AMD is concerned).
As software developed for 64-bit processors maturates the demand for larger RAM should continue with the final push to 2048MB coinciding with Dual Core CPU technology dominating the desktop market. At present apprehension resides primarily with Gamers and avid Overclockers whom acknowledge limitations when attempting to overclock larger modules. This is of course due to IC density and organization. Smaller modules almost always surpass their large counterparts in overclocking. Given the choices among DDR and DDR2 which now offer speeds as high as 600MHz and 1000MHz respectively, reasons to short yourself on memory for a few MHz isn't worth the sacrifice. Ladies, Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT makes an ideal Stocking Stuffer! If you really want to impress him take an anti-static bag and cut it in the shape of a sock filling it with memory! Pros+ Future proof
+ Price, Great bang for the Buck
+ User friendly (plug and play, no need to adjust timings.)Cons- Marginal Overclocking results.
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