Dream Machine 2009

The WINDOWS team constructs Dream Machine 09 using a CPU that can handle eight simultaneous threads, boasts 6GB of memory and uses two SSDs running in RAID 0. If you’re curious about what other components feature in Dream Machine 09 and fancy taking the machine home, read on…

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Dream Machine 2009
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 6, 2009

Ramming speed

Memory or RAM is central to a computer’s performance and while too much memory won’t really negatively affect performance, if you don’t have enough, you’ll find even a machine with a fire-breathing CPU and super-quick storage system stuttering. This is because this extremely fast memory is called into action to temporarily store data while it is being processed by the CPU and while the SSDs that Dream Machine 09 uses are plenty fast, they’re still no match for RAM in terms of performance.

Since Dream Machine 09’s CPU and motherboard support triple channel memory technology - which boosts performance when three modules are used - we obviously opted for a triple channel memory kit. And as we wanted memory that shipped with heatspreaders to help dissipate heat, we settled on Kingston’s amazing KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX modules. We used three 2GB sticks for a total of 6GB of memory, which is more than enough for any application or game you intend to run at home.

These Kingston DDR3 modules are at the top of their game and are rated to run at a very impressive 2GHz. The modules also feature a CAS latency of 8 and each module also features two XMP profiles, which setup the system to run at faster than the JEDEC standard DDR3 speed of 1333MHz.

As we’re running Dream Machine 09’s CPU overclocked, the 6GB of Kingston memory was also overclocked to a frequency of 1.5GHz. This overclock frequency helped the modules return seriously strong scores in our Sisoftware Sandra Memory bandwidth benchmark; the system returned Int Buff’d and Float Buff’d figures of 18.88GB/sec and 18.89GB/sec respectively. This is impressive and we’re happy to say that the heatspreaders did their job perfectly, as the modules remained 100% stable even whilst running on a higher voltage of 1.640-volts. (Most DDR3 modules run at 1.5-volts as standard.)

3456 days ago
Saptagirish Noshikunte

The Machine looks truly awesome and power packed...I wonder how much it cost you guys in terms of all the components. Could you let me know?

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