Patriot Viper SODIMM PC3-12800 2x8GB Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5

About SuperPI

Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point - up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute Pi to 2^32 digits.

Super Pi is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare "world record" pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed. If a computer is able to calculate PI to the 32 millionth place after the decimal without mistake, it is considered to be moderately stable in terms of RAM and CPU. However, longer tests with other CPU/RAM intensive calculation programs will run for hours instead of minutes and may better stress system stability. While Super Pi is not the fastest program for calculating Pi, it remains very popular in the hardware and overclocking communities.

From: Wikipedia (January 22, 2011)

We have always included SuperPi in our benchmark results, because it is a quick and dirty run that always proves to be interesting. Our second generation mobile Core processor liked faster memory over comparable units with lower latencies, as what it seemed to be the trend since the beginning of the review. All of the numbers came in extremely close to each other, but the Patriot Viper SODIMM PC3-12800 2x8GB crossed the line in second place in this tight race.

About Cinebench R11.5

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and Mac OS X).

From: Developer's Page

Usually, it is safe to say for Cinebench 11.5 results; higher bandwidth memory will result in performance increase. As you can see in our graphs above, it seems the formula is a little bit more complicated than this, because there are no real rules of which they go by. Obviously, they came in extremely close to each other. On the other hand, for the small gaps that separate one product from another, the Patriot Viper SODIMM PC3-12800 2x8GB tied in second for the CPU test with the G.Skill Ripjaws F3-1600C9D-16GRSL 2x8GB; right behind the Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 8GB, but ended up ahead of the Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 16GB. For the OpenGL benchmark, the Vipers came in just one point ahead of the Ripjaws; one of the slower sets in our database. That said, this is still only 0.02 points away from first place, so we definitely cannot ding it in the context of magnitude.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 7
7. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5
10. Conclusion