Intel X299 aka ‘Basin Falls’ is the latest high end (HEDT) platform from Intel which recently replaced the X99 platform. We have been testing this platform lately and thought of trying the Zion Blaze memory while we were at it. This memory has proved to be a decent performer in our testing on AMD Ryzen Platform and therefore, we were curious to test the potential on this new platform. This would also be the first Quad Channel Memory platform that we would be testing this memory on. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
neurontin 300 mg Intel Core i7 7820X (8Core/16Threads) ‘SkyLake-X’ CPU
where can i buy provigil in south africa Asus Prime X299 Deluxe Motherboard
8GB x 4 Zion Blaze 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM
Kingston UV400 120GB SSD
Asus GeForce GT610 2GB Graphic Card
Coolermaster Masterliquid 240 AIO Cooler + 2 x 120mm Fans (Push config) on the 240mm Radiator
Coolermaster Mastergel Maker Thermal Paste
Superflower Leadex Gold 1600 Power Supply
Software Setup & Details:
Windows 10 X64 Pro with latest updates installed.
All Latest Drivers installed
Cinebench R15 Benchmark (Latest Version)
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmark
Geekbench 3 X64 Benchmark
Geekbench 4 X64 Benchmark
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark (Latest Version)
The X299 platform was introduced with 2 variants in CPU, Skylake-X and Kabylake-X. Kabylake-X has Quad Core models with Dual Channel Memory, lesser PCI Express Lanes and so on whereas Skylake-X has Hexa core and above models. So it is apt to say that Skylake-X is the true successor to the outgoing Broadwell-E CPU Range. A few things to note about Skylake-X is that it offers much superior Single threaded as well as Multi-Threaded performance, improved memory controller offers better memory performance, scaling, etc. Broadwell-E used to offer ~ 3400MHz DRAM Frequency and not much above that, therefore it would be interesting to what Skylake-X has to offer.
Without wasting much time, let’s check out the performance in various synthetic benchmarks.
Cinebench R15 is a rendering benchmark which has an option to benchmark CPU or GPU rendering performance. As for CPU rendering performance, it also offers an option to test single core or multi core performance. Obviously we have chosen the multi core rendering option.
It was truly surprising to see this memory, which is rated at 2400MHz, based on older revision Hynix AFR memory IC scale so well up to 3400MHz. To be honest, we had not expected such scaling. It should however be noted that most of the credit goes to the improved memory controller nonetheless it was pleasing to see Hynix based memory scale decently.
Cinebench R11.5 is an older version of this benchmark but is used even today for benchmarking purpose since it is quite stressful even for current generation CPUs.
We see a substantial boost from 2800MHz to 3000MHz and from there on, a steady increase in performance till 3400MHz.
Geekbench 3 is a very nice all round benchmark which tests various aspects of system performance without biasing the results based on a specific component. Therefore, Memory, CPU, Memory Timings, Cache Frequency, everything comes into the picture here.
First we take a look at the Single Core performance,
Followed by Multi Core performance. We have deliberately kept the Single Core and Multi Core charts separate to make things simple to understand.
Next in line is Geekbench 4, which is the successor of Geekbench 3
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
AIDA64 is a very old multi-purpose utility which offers lots of functions like, in-depth system information, inbuilt stability tests, inbuilt benchmark utility, System monitoring like voltages, temperatures, etc. Since our focus was on testing memory, we focused on the Cache & Memory Benchmark. AIDA64 is regularly updated to include newer products being launched every now and then and therefore, becomes a very relevant utility overall.
We see consistent improvement in performance from 2400MHz upto 3400MHz. As we see here that Zion Blaze manages to deliver consistent performance even at overclocked settings without compromising stability. It would be a good idea to either buy High Frequency Memory kit or a good cheap kit like this and run at stable overclocked speeds to gain more performance from your system.
For benchmarking and performance analysis, it is essential to use the same settings throughout so that the final results are relevant and easy to comprehend. As you may have observed, we maintained 5 similar settings throughout the testing. Although our journey doesn’t end here. The 5 presets were stable and not the absolute best the Memory or Memory Controller could achieve. We still wanted to check what the limit on these Memory Modules is and how far can they scale?
Well here are the results,
Here we used only AIDA64 Benchmark because the motive was to push the memory to its limits, sacrificing little bit stability in the process. It is astonishing to see that these modules scaled all the way from 2400MHz to a mind boggling 3640MHz!
To be honest, we expected these to stop scaling at 3200MHz since these modules don’t exactly carry ‘Binned’ ICs. If that was the case then these would be sold at highe specs and would also be a bit more expensive. Binning costs time and money,main reason why extreme high end memory kits are atrociously expensive.
What we take from these results is that Zion Blaze uses good quality PCB, decent bin memory IC and good overall quality control. Without which we doubt such results would be possible. With encouraging results like these, we are curious to test these on even more platforms. Next in line is AMD’s Threadripper so stay tuned!
That’s all for now.
Team OC Inc.