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Conclusion

In fact, I have already made all the necessary comments above. Now all I should do is sum up everything I have already said and try to answer the question about how demanded DDR3 SDRAM is for contemporary LGA775 platforms. As our tests have revealed, the launch of new processors and chipsets has hardly changed anything. We have already expressed some doubts about the need to go for DDR3 SDRAM in a Core 2 based platform, and our opinion hasn’t really changed. If you cannot explain to yourself why exactly you need DDR3 SDRAM, then go for DDR2. In most cases, previous generation memory performs just as good as the fashionable DDR3 SDRAM, which is actually way more expensive.

There should be a serious reason for using DDR3 SDRAM in an LGA775 platform. Intention to perform some extreme overclocking experiments is good enough. And if you have made up your mind about getting DDR3 SDRAM, we would strongly advise to stay away from low-frequency products. The available DDR3-1333 SDRAM may only be of benefit in Core i7 platforms; LGA775 platforms with this memory perform as fast as platforms with DDR2-1067.

In this respect, the best performance per buck DDR3 choice will be DDR3-1600 SDRAM. However, you should keep in mind that only overclockers will be able to take advantage of all its features in contemporary LGA775 platforms. Only a significant front side bus frequency increase will let DDR3-1600 SDRAM seriously outperform previous-generation memory. Besides, with this memory running at high frequency you get extra flexibility in system parameters configuring. That is why DDR3-1600 SDRAM may come in very handy for computer enthusiasts trying to reach high FSB speeds.

As for the specific recommendations we could give you regarding 4GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM kits, our tests showed that it is pretty hard to recommend anything specific. Memory modules from difference manufacturers have different availability in retail channels and their price differs dramatically, while the practical functionality is often very similar. Overall, we would recommend to pay attention to the memory that works well with low latencies. Among the memory kits tested today these are the solutions from Mushkin and OCZ. And of course, we have to point out DDR3-1600 kit of two 2GB modules from Wintec. Despite relatively modest claimed specifications, it suddenly proved identical to one of the best solutions from OCZ

 
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