3GB, 6GB or 12GB Investigated

Encoding and compression benchmarks

ViMark is designed to take the inaccuracies and guesswork out of measuring the time taken to encode video files, ViMark produces easily comparable and consistent results for encoding raw video into Windows Media, Quicktime, and Gif formats. As always, a total of 5 benchmark runs were performed with the highest and lowest scores removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 scores.

7-Zip is an open source Winzip-style file compression utility that has the ability to compress and decompress many file formats including its own .7z compression scheme. 7-Zip also comes complete with its own benchmarking utility for gauging the compression and decompression speed of the system that it is installed on.


Daniusoft DVD Ripper provides powerful and easy-to-use DVD Ripper software which could ripping DVD to MPEG and almost all video and audio formats format with fast conversion speed. We converted a DVD to AVI format 3 times using this tool and then took the average from those times.
Results Observations

One area in which I expected to see dramatic differences in the capacity of the kits on test was video encoding. ViMark showed there's virtually no difference at all between 3GB, 6GB and 12GB which was hard to swallow. To gain a little more perspective and rather than using a synthetic benchmark, I decided to encode a DVD (StarWars:Attack of the Clones) converting the movie to AVI format. I ran the encoding process three times per kit just to be sure and the results gave a better, more informed picture however, the difference is still not as large as I would have thought.

Let's move on to our 3D Benchmarks...

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27-03-2009, 18:44:38

With the advent of a triple channel memory controller on Intel's latest CPU, enthusiasts have been forced to ask a new question: Which memory configuration is best?


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27-03-2009, 18:54:44

Lol at the photos with all the ram. And 200 quid for 12GB, I paid that for 6GB 1333MHz. Prices are really dropping now.

Nice and unique review, really sheds some light on questions which are asked a lot and answered rarely.Quote

28-03-2009, 05:01:48

That was a really good review - I really enjoyed reading that.

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