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Kingston HyperX 8GB KIT 1600mhz (KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX)

When I was in charge of DriverHeaven I wrote a scripted benchmark which was not only used to help users ascertain system specific performance levels but was useful in reviews to accurately measure performance in key areas. Leading tech sites such as Madshrimps, Hardware Canucks, Benchmark Reviews and Hardocp used my benchmark in their reviews also.

This version of the script has been thoroughly tested on Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 and is compatible with Photoshop 7. It is important to document however that different versions of Photoshop give different end results. Adobe have been fine tuning the program over the years and enhancing specific filters and algorithms for better performance (some filters were rewritten during the CS2 time period). This means ultimately that comparing times with users running other versions of Photoshop is not going to give consistent results.

Lower times are better

KitGuru PS Bench 1(4) Reference 1066mhz results
Reference 1333mhz results
Kingston HyperX 8GB @ 1600mhz
1. Texturiser (1)
1.7
1.6
1.6
2. CMYK
1.6
1.5
1.5
3. RGB
1.4
1.4
1.4
4. Ink outlines
29.1
28.9
28.7
5. Dust & Stratches
3.3
3.2
3.1
6. Watercolor
25.9
25.8
25.6
7. Texturiser (2)
2.0
1.9
1.9
8. Stained Glass
23.9
23.6
23.5
9. Mosiac Tiles
14.1
13.9
13.8
10. Extrude
157.8
157.4
157.2
11. Rough Pastels
12.8
12.7
12.4
12. Smart Blur
98.4
98.3
98.2
13. Underpainting
36.6
36.4
36.1
14. Mosiac Tiles
15.0
14.9
14.7
15. Spherize
3.6
3.5
3.4
16. Palette Knife
23.1
23.0
22.9
17. Sponge
43.1
42.9
42.8
18. Smudge Stick
13.9
13.7
13.5
Total:
507.3
504.6
502.3

While Adobe have yet to properly implement multicore support for their filtering algorithms it is clear that memory bandwidth aids with performance and we record minor increases with some of our test results throughout the benchmark. This ends up showing a 5 second differential between DDR1066 and the Kingston Hyper X 8GB kit @ 1600mhz. This could translate into a few hours saved each week, if heavy Photoshop filtering use is high on your priority.

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