Corsair have clearly spent hours and hours in their test labs this week, and have come to some interesting conclusions in a new 8-page benchmarking report.
The Californian firm is well-known for a) producing outstandingly good memory modules and b) actually making an effort to educate the consumer about what all this technology actually means.
For example, see this excellent presentation
on the ins and outs of memory technology.
Today, they've released a performance note for the Intel 955X chipset. As you will surely know, the 955X is Intel's high-end dual-core chipset, supporting the new Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core chips. Sporting DDR2 memory with a 1066MHz FSB on the high-end, or 800MHz FSB on the notch down, there are some definite performance trends to examine. Here's a clip from the performance note:
"We can draw several useful conclusions from the results of this testing. First, we have discovered that selection of the system memory should be tightly coupled to processor selection. 1000MHz memory looks like an excellent choice if you are planning to overclock a processor with native 800 MHz front side bus; if you do not plan to overclock, 800 MHz memory is a good choice. The 667 MHz memory offers a good compromise solution, providing strong performance and excellent flexibility."
If you're interested in finding out more about memory tweaking on Intel platforms, you should have a read of the 8-page document, which you can find here