Another Way to Pump Up Your Hades Canyon

In my last post about Hades Canyon, I looked at different drive configurations and how they impacted performance. This time I want to look at one more way to squeeze just a little extra out of Hades Canyon. It has to do with a single character in the specifications. Did I lose you? Let me show you what I mean.

Here’s the memory specification for the Dawson Canyon NUC:

Dawson Canyon Memory Spec

And here’s the memory specification for Hades Canyon:

Hades Canyon Memory Spec

At first glance, they appear to be the same. Yes, Hades Canyon lists the memory bandwidth, but other than that they both support 32GB of non-ECC 2400MHz 1.2v RAM in two channels. But wait, what’s this?

Hades Canyon Memory Spec closeup

2400 plus? As in MORE? As in Hades Canyon can support faster than 2400MHz RAM? Nah…couldn’t be. Let’s see.

This test was made possible, once again, by the good folks at Micron, who so generously sent me Crucial memory in both 2400MHz and 2666MHz configurations.  They should know I’ve been testing the…stuffing out of the memory they sent!

The memory is about as close as you can get, aside from the speed:

  • Crucial 16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM – CT16G4SFD8266
    • DDR4 PC4-21300 • CL=19 • Dual Ranked • x8 based • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR4-2666 • 1.2V • 2048Meg x 64
  • Crucial 16GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM – CT16G4SFD824A
    • DDR4 PC4-19200 • CL=17 • Dual Ranked • x8 based • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR4-2400 • 1.2V • 2048Meg x 64

As a benchmark, let’s try Dawson Canyon. It supports 2400MHz DDR4, so any memory faster than that should just run at 2400MHz.  Here are the Performance Test memory results, side-by-side, for the Dawson Canyon running Crucial 2400 RAM (on the left) and Crucial 2666 RAM (on the right):

As expected, aside from tiny variations, the overall memory scores are the same. This confirms Dawson Canyon CAN run 2666MHz RAM, but it runs it at 2400MHz. No surprise there.

Now let’s look at the results for the same sticks of memory in a Hades Canyon:

Well Well…look at that; a pretty significant boost in memory performance. So it looks like Hades Canyon isn’t limited to 2400MHz. I’m not sure what the limit is, but it’s nice to know you can get a bit more out of your shiny new toy by running faster RAM in it.


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