System Overview & Testing
We installed the Lexar ARES RGB in our Z590 test system which is made up of the following components.
Processor: Intel Core i9-11900K
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Master
Memory: Lexar ARES RGB DDR4-4000 16GB
Storage: SK hynix Gold P31 M.2 1TB
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12A
Case: Open PC Test Bench
Taking a look at CPU-Z we can see this memory is running at its XMP profile, operating at 4000 MHz with timings of 18-22-22-42 at 1.35V.
For testing we will run the memory at its stock or XMP profile settings using the below benchmarking software. Below is a list of benchmarking software that we use.
– SiSoftware Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
– 3DMark Fire Strike Physics test
Now let’s get to testing!
To start things off we have SiSoftware’s Sandra. The first test is the Memory Bandwidth benchmark, higher scores are better here.
AIDA64 has a built in Cache & Memory benchmark that measures read, write, copy and memory latency. Higher scores are better here.
Finally we wrap things up with 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark. We will be taking the Physics score from our benchmark as it will change the most when you change memory speed. Again, higher scores are better here.