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Gaming Performance

Although games are usually pretty sensitive to the changes in the memory subsystem characteristics, DDR3 memory provides no serious performance improvement in our gaming tests. However, I have to stress that it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about picking the right memory for your system. For example, if you choose DDR3-1600 SDRAM over DDR2-800 SDRAM, you can gain up to 10% extra speed. Therefore, it made a lot of sense for AMD to launch their Socket AM3 platform and CPUs with a universal memory controller. DDR3 memory has spread widely enough by now to show its real practical benefits over DDR2 SDRAM. And it means that AMD has been waiting all this time to launch their new platform not for nothing.

 
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