Benchmarks - Overclocked
As with all of our reviews, we pit the default speed system against the overclocked one in a head-to-head byte match. The only difference is that with our memory reviews we leave the base system (CPU, Chipset etc..) at default speeds so that the only thing we are changing is the memory module. You can see this with the Sandra CPU Tests and at that point the only performance advantage is from increased memory performance.
There are different approaches to overclocking memory and while you may not get an extra 25FPS in your games the increased bandwidth and lower latencies can often unlock the potential for better system efficiencies.
The effective overclock for these tests was 7200Mhz and to attain these clocks I used the XMP profile and simply raised the memory frequency. When it comes to overclocking it cannot get any easier. For this overclock I ran through the entire benchmark suite and was rather surprised with the results.
Memory overclocking is a pretty arduous task of trial and error. As with most overclocking there is a balance that we want to maintain including the relationship between temperature, voltage and frequency. Given that your system memory also drives CPU performance it is not uncommon to see performance go down with an overclock that has been pushed too far or has a mismatched setting.
I’m happy to report that the Elite 5 memory modules can be overclocked 1200Mhz over their factory setting. Given that this matches the range available from Patriot we can safely say that the binning is per series and not per module. While the performance gains here are typical of a 7200Mhz memory module I feel that overall performance was being held back by the timing increase.