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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [08.12.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Corsair

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To Do Dual or Not?

Another thing we wanted to find out was what kind of a performance increase Dual Channel mode the NFORCE2 chipset is really giving the AthlonXP, and whether that increase is further enhanced by overclocking the memory and FSB levels.

To find out, we took all our Dual Channel memory benchmarks you saw on the previous page, and redid them in Single Channel mode. Let's find out which situation helps the AthlonXP the most for Dual Channel Mode!

First up is SiSoft Sandra, of course. We'll separate the Float and Int scores to keep our charts ledgible:

Very little performance is gained with Dual Channel mode in the SiSoft Sandrea Memory Tests. Let's see if PCMark 2003 found anything:

Again it looks like Single Channel gives us as much bandwidth as we need, even when highly overclocked. Finally, we'll look at some raw memory bandwidth benchmarks with Aida32. Again, we'll separate the Read and Write results, to keep things simple.

Once again, barely a difference is made when using Dual Channel mode. It's no wonder VIA decided to stick with Single Channel for its latest AMD chipset (which we'll be reviewing very soon). This keeps costs down, with relatively little performance loss.

Of course, if you're already running an NFORCE2 platform, there's no reason not to use Dual Channel mode.

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