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AMD FX-8150 Memory Scaling Investigation – Feeding the Bulldozer

It is often debated that using more expensive "enthusiast-grade" memory will help application and gaming performance. We use the latest AMD FX-8150 8-core processor and ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula 990FX to find out if that holds true for the Bulldozers…

Test Setup

  • CPU: AMD FX-8150 8-core/8 thread processor @ 4.7Ghz (all power saving options disabled)
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula (BETA 9905 bios made by Shamino – with latest BD AGESA, unlocks higher memory multipliers up to 2400)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 6990 (Crossfire) with Catalyst 11.10 Preview 2 (8.901.2.0)
  • HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow with 2 Fans
  • SSD: Corsair X128 SSD
  • PSU: CM Silent Pro M 1000W
  • OS: Windows 7 x64 with SP1


  • SGD$30 Value Ram – 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 1T
  • SGD$50 Value Ram – 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 1T
  • SGD$100 High End Kit – 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 1T
  • SGD$180 Extreme Level Kit – 2133Mhz 7-10-7-27 1T


AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth/Latency Test:




 x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 (video encoding)


Crysis 2 1.9 Ultra (DirectX 11)

Left 4 Dead 2 (DirectX 9)



We'll let our readers make the conclusions in the comments section below 🙂

Lennard Seah
Why can't I have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads

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