Now let’s overclock the systems by increasing the base clock rate and benchmark them once again.
Here, the last place of the ASUS Sabertooth X58 might have been expected because it could not reach as high a memory frequency as the Gigabyte mainboards. When the speed of the test application depends on the CPU frequency or the graphics card, the difference is below 1% or even smaller. But if the test application depends on the memory subsystem, we can see a much bigger difference like over 4% in Resident Evil 5 Benchmark or 7.5% in the 7-Zip test. This difference can be noticed at everyday work. So while we are far from overemphasizing the importance of high memory frequencies and low memory timings (you can find a number of articles on this topic on our site), optimal memory parameters do have an effect on any computer’s performance.