How do you use the same cpu for comparison when you can only use a Core i7 for tri-channel DDR3? It won't do DDR2. As far as your benchmarks vs "real world". I agree that some graphics benchmarks may skew results, but for memory bandwith, more is better. No exceptions. Anyway, a couple of comparisons using Everests memory benchmark: DDR2 1200 1:1 @ 5-5-5-10 Duel Channel Ok, one of my runs. This is pretty much the fastest you will see for DDR2 1200, or not far off. DDR3 1066 @ 9-9-9-24 Tripple Channel http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2009/01/26/intel-core-i7-memory-performance-review/3 Read: 13113mb/s Write: 11967mb/s Copy: 15670mb/s Latency: 44.3ns Yes, but we are talking about DDR3 Tri channel vs DDR2 Dual Channel, there is simply no competition.