MSI Z170A Gaming PRO CARBON Review

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Performance System Memory: DDR4 Dual Channel Memory

Performance System Memory: Memory Read Test

So for memory we had some good stuff to work with, Intel has a couple of certified partners for memory to get some sweet XMP profiles going. We test memory at the default rated max Intel spec at 2133 MHz for DDR4.


Above - Default clock frequency on CPU / 2,133 MHz on DDR4

What you will notice are pretty far our dual-channel read and write numbers. You are basically hovering over the 31 GB/sec range. Things however will get even more crazy, behold the coolness below. Corsair for example send out a DDR4 memory kit rated at 3,200 MHz. That my friends is configured by enabling XMP in the BIOS, and that's it. All of a sudden, the numbers will change dramatically:


Above  XMP 3,200 MHz on DDR4

So if you like to go a little more crazy, purchase some nice compatible faster XMP ready memory and enable that XMP profile in the BIOS. Faster memory is relative though, your overall PC experience will not be much faster, yet memory intensive applications like say transcoding or a CPU limited game that where you will see little gains. Every bit helps, right?

Let's chart it up:


Now with the regular memory at 2,133 MHz versus AIDA memory tests we see good performance hovering at the 31K marker, and with a 3,200 MHz kit, you are way over 43K!

Memory Write Test


We did the same with the memory write tests. The write performance jumps to 32K at 2,133 MHz and ~48K at 3,200 MHz. 


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