To test our DDR2 SDRAM and DDR3 SDRAM we put together two identical platforms built around similar mainboards from Asus on Intel P45 chipset. They were Asus P5Q3 and P5Q Pro and differed only by the type of supported memory. As for the CPU, we used the top dual-core processor – Core 2 Duo E8600. This processor can be regarded as a mainstream solution according to today’s standards.
The complete system configuration looked as follows:
- Core 2 Duo E8600 (LGA775, 3.33 GHz, 333MHz FSB, 6 MB L2, Wolfdale).
- CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen.
- ASUS P5Q Pro (LGA775, Intel P45, DDR2 SDRAM);
- ASUS P5Q3 (LGA775, Intel P45, DDR3 SDRAM).
- Graphics card: ATI RADEON HD 4870 512 MB.
- HDD: Western Digital WD1500AHFD.
- PSU: SilverStone SST-ST85ZF (850 W).
- OS: Microsoft Windows Vista x86-64.
Note that we ran the tests in Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit, because only a 64-bit system can use all 4GB of memory available to it and applications to the full extent.