Overall these modules performed very well. Even though we weren’t able to overclock past 260MHz, our Athlon 64 Venice’s memory controller could possibly be at fault here. From our previous tests we determined that our Venice is unfortunately not a very good overclocker, and its memory controller is a bit short of phenomenal. The CAS Latency of three did noticeably influence some benchmarks. In the synthetic benchmarks, the 2GB kit lagged behind the OCZ GX 1GB kit. In Doom 3, it also lagged behind by a few frames in each test. However in real world gaming we didn’t notice the difference. One of the biggest advantages of having 2GB however is during every day usage. We were able to run various Linux programs all at the same time and noticed no lag compared against its PC-4000 1GB counterpart. For Windows users who are plagued with having massive paging files on their hard disks, 2GB of RAM can enable the user to run without a paging file at all. The advantage of this would be that games would not have to load temporary files to the hard drive. Overall, the disadvantages of these particular 2GB modules are minimal. Although the increased CAS Latency does make a difference during gaming and in benchmarks, the advantages experienced during real world usage outweigh the drawbacks. Overclockers will have to consider other options, such as modules that use Micron -5B D chips.
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