Each module comprises 1GB of PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333) memory. The DIMM is double sided. We can safely assume that since Aeneon is part of Qimonda, that the DDR3 ICs are all of Qimonda origin.
For testing DDR3 memory performance, circuitREMIX has created test bed configuration. The hardware chosen was picked to reflect that of a relatively modern computer system that an enthusiast may own. The heat production of the system is an above-average repesentation of one of these computer systems. The configuration of the system is as follows:
For performance tests, the Intel Xeon E3110 is set to run with a multiplier of 9 and FSB of 400MHz. This results in a final clock speed of 3600MHz. The FSB:RAM divider is adjusted, which results in changes to the memory clock speed, but no change in processor clock speed. This allows memory performance to be the only changing factor when benchmarking.
Our Windows Vista installation is configured to allow for the least possible amount of operating system overhead as possible. This includes turning off features and services such as:
For the SiSoftware Sandra configuration, we test memory bandwidth with buffering schemes including MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3 disabled. These settings are configured within SiSoft Sandra itself.