ChrisC Posted December 15, 2004 Share Posted December 15, 2004 I searched the FAQs for this basic question and didn't find anything directly relevant. I have a new AMD64 machine with TwinX1024-3200C2 RAM in it. I've run Memtest86 on it and it seems fine. I noticed that the Memtest86 display indicates that the timing is set at 3-3-3-8. This RAM is supposed to be capable of 2.5-3-3-6 in an AMD platform. Doing a little more research, I found that there's an SPD chip on the RAM module that is supposed to tell the board what timing it is capable of. Are the SPD numbers normally set conservatively? Is it therefore up to me to push the 3-3-3-8 numbers down to 2.5-3-3-6 via BIOS settings? Related question: assuming it passes Memtest86, I then obviously need to test the RAM performance. I don't yet have an OS installed on the machine, and when I do it won't be Windows (it'll be some form of Debian Linux, like Ubuntu or Mepis or Libranet), so I can't use 3DMark or those other benchmarks that everyone is quoting. I don't think Memtest86 will give me overall performance results (please correct me if I'm wrong) so I guess I need some sort of test that can be run as a bootable CDROM. Any suggestions? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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