Pushing DDR2 to the limits
Subject: Memory | December 12, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz seems to be running as fast as it can go on it's factory defaults. No matter what Overclockers Club tried, they could not get the DIMMs to be stable at even a 5MHz frequency bump. That's not to say you shouldn't consider this RAM, it's EPP function worked perfectly on the 680i motherboard they tested it on, and while the performance may have fallen just short of extreme, this is some seriously fast RAM at 1200MHz.
"Now this is the part that excites me. I love being able to see how far you can push a piece of hardware past its rated
limits. However, this is also where I was disapointed. No matter how hard I tried — and I tried for hours - I could not
get this memory to go beyond 1200MHz. I upped the voltage to the breaking point of safe limits, I loosened up the timings
to see if it would be stable ... but no matter what I did, the memory would not pass memtest86+ for me to even try to
boot into Windows without hosing my system. I was expecting even a little overclock, but nothing, not even 5MHz. I would
expect for being an "Extreme" set of RAM that it would be able to overclock easy, but this was not the case."
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