Although Corsair's XMS2 TWIN2X1024-8000UL memory modules, which are rated for 1000MHz compatibility on Intel-based motherboards, have taken some of the spotlight away from their famed TWIN2X1024A-5400UL modules, these DDR2-667 modules continue to be popular with enthusiasts due to their cheaper price point and phenomenal overclocking abilities. While sticking to its DDR2-675MHz speeds the memory can run at impressive 3-2-2-8 timings, and when loosening the timings they can breach the 1GHz barrier. Of course, none other than Micron's "Fatbody" D9 ICs powers these modules.
When it comes to system memory, Crucial Technology is a name that comes to mind for many enthusiasts. Unlike a majority of the other system memory manufacturers, Crucial employs its own DRAM chips manufactured by their parent company - Micron Technology. Not only does Crucial utilize Micron chips on its memory modules but it also brings fourth superior technical support and competitive prices. Up for testing in this article is Crucial's Ballistix DDR2-800 PC2-6400 2 x 512MB memory modules.
Transcend designs their system memory modules to be simple and aren't engrossed by heatspreaders or any unconventional features but simply remains on target for the normal PC hobbyist, however, will the Elpida E5108AE-5C-E ICs be able to perform anywhere close to the extravagant overclocking abilities we experienced previously by the Elpida E5108AE-6E-E parts? We'll find out today in this review and just how well these DDR2-533 modules fair for normal computer usage.
Having 2GB of system memory used to be a luxury that few could afford and was considered overkill by many, with servers and workstations only being able to effective utilize 2GB+ of RAM. Today, however, we have a 2GB Dual Channel kit that is not only geared toward normal PC users, but toward overclockers and enthusiasts, the EL DDR PC-4000 2GB Gold Edition Dual Channel.
Although Kingmax is no Corsair, Mushkin, or OCZ in the enthusiast market for that matter here in the United States, they have been quietly making memory solutions since 1989 and made quite a stir here during SDRAM days. Up for review today, we have their Mars DDR2-667 512MB modules, but with a SPD CAS Latency of five can it keep up with such low-latency alternatives as Corsair's XMS2-5400UL? Well to be frank, hell yes it can! We managed to tighten these 5-5-5-15 modules all the way to 3-3-3-8, while being completely stable on air!
Mushkin recently announced their newly designed heatspreader that will premiere with their high performance Redline modules beginning August 16. Today we have our hands on these new Mushkin Redline heatspreaders, and have plenty of additional pictures along with a few words regarding their improved design and appearance.
Overclockers and enthusiasts these days usually pursue one of two goals: to reach DDR600+ memory speeds at slightly relaxed timings, or to maintain tight 2-2-2-5 timings while pushing up to around DDR520+ speeds. If you're looking for the latter, then OCZ's new Gamer eXtreme PC-3500 might be the perfect modules for you.
Built upon years of experience, will OCZ's Titanium series continue in the same success shared by the Gold and Platinum performance memory modules? In this review, we'll be trying out the OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Titanium system memory. This memory runs at 2-3-2-5 while conforming to PC-3200 DDR speeds and featuring Enhanced Latency Technology and an OCZ PowerSwap warranty. Will this be the new ideal RAM for gamers and enthusiasts alike?
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