Mushkin Blackline 12GB Kit Review
Benchmarks Part Two
3D Mark Vantage
Of course we all know that games never take as much advantage of hardware as applications do. A large part of this is because companies tend to develop for the very memory-limited consoles first and then port to PCs, but there is an obvious need to ensure that you maximise sales. Having "1GHz P3 and 256MB RAM" on the side of the box is more likely to generate sales to the average punter than a quad-core 6GB system.
For once 3D Mark Vantage backs this up with the CPU Mark responding nicely to the extra RAM speed from our overclock, but the rest of the tests are so near to each other as makes no difference.
PC Mark Vantage
On the previous page we saw how well PassMark responded to having more RAM to play with, and the Mushkin puts up a great showing in PC Mark Vantage too. The difference between the 6GB Corsair and the 12GB Mushkin isn't as pronounced, but it's definitely there.
wPrime definitely follows the "speed is king" Mantra. At stock speeds the Mushkin is positively tortoise-like in this particular test, although as it has performed so well in all our other tests it's clearly a wPrime thing. Once overclocked however the result tumbles, taking 2 minutes less time to complete the 1024M run than the stock Mushkin did.