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Subject: Memory | February 9, 2006 - 10:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There's been a lot of discussion recently about various heat spreader types and which type provides the best performance. Or, perhaps, if the best performance results from using no heat spreader at all. We were curious ourselves as to the answers to these questions, so we set out to test the various heat spreader types in a controlled environment.
Subject: Memory | February 3, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org pushed OCZ's PC3500GX memory as hard as they could, while keeping the voltage low. If you are looking for RAM that OC's well, without the added wear and tear that overvolting can cause, this is one attractive module.
"Considering that we easily pegged 245MHz at 2-2-2-5 with just 3.2V and no errors, and 250MHz with
the same timings and voltages with only minor errors, OCZ has come out swinging with a winner, now
offering the same low latencies that VX offers albeit with much lowe
Subject: Memory | January 23, 2006 - 10:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a second look at 1GB RAM DIMMs (part 1 was here). This go around they test 6 DIMM's, most based on Infineon memory modules, but one with Samsung and one with Micron. Drop by and see if these new DIMM's offer more advantage than you might expect.
"There are many reasons to choose a 2GB kit over a 1GB kit or 4 512MB DIMMs.
Subject: Memory | January 16, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews sits down for a chat with one of the co-founders of Corsair Memory, John Beekley, and you are invited. Take a peek at what Corsiar has coming up over the year, and hear about what they did in 2005 from someone who knows.
"LR: Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?
John: I think that 2006 will be all about DDR2, actually.
Subject: Memory | December 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual Hideout has found a good deal, in GeIL's Value Dual Channel PC3200 kit. You get 2 gigs of RAM, for about the price of 1 gig of performance level RAM, and while you won't win any speed contests, you may appreciate the extra RAM more than the extra 2 Mhz on your FSB.
"This ram is some of the cheapest 2GB of ram that I could find online and certainly the best
looking in this price range. For the price of 1 GB in high-end ram, you can get 2GB.
Subject: Memory | December 6, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware takes a look at high performance XMS and Value Select RAM from Corsair with something different in mind. They run some tests to see if putting all that money into high FSB and low latency RAM is actually worth it for the casual gamer, who doesn't really like overclocking.
"At the end of the day it's best to work out what your needs are. For general usage XMS memory is
pretty much a waste of good memory, the same even applies to users that spend a fair bit of time
Subject: Memory | November 28, 2005 - 09:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven has posted a review of Crucial's Ballistix PC2-8000. While it might be a little early to plan an AMD rig around it, there are plenty of Intel systems just begging for these sticks.
'It took quite some time for DDR-2 to take a considerable piece of the market, but eventually it did. Although AMD seems unwilling to support it up to today, most Intel based systems seem to require it, especially after the release of the latest chipsets which do not support DDR at all.
Subject: Memory | November 23, 2005 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure most DDR modules are running about 400Mhz out of the package, nowadays it's about the timings. Take the Geil RAM that NGOHQ reviews for example. The CAS timing of 1.5 allows a lot of room to loosen the timings, and bring the speed up significantly, which allows for much better performance overall. Even if you don't plan on overclocking, the tight timings on this RAM won't slow you down.
"GeIL is a modest manufacturer that was founded in 1997.
Subject: Memory | November 18, 2005 - 10:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has grabbed 7 different companies 800Mhz DIMMs, and put them all to a test to see who is fastest, the best overclocker, and which has the best price for it's performance. Give it a read.
"Legit Reviews has recently had the opportunity to look over SEVEN PC2-6400 memory kits from some
of the most popular enthusiast brand lines here in North America. Our three memory kits came from
A-DATA, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, OCZ, and SyncMAX.
Subject: Memory | November 16, 2005 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM choices are plentiful this year, and I don't just mean the choice of companies. With several ranges of performance, and DDR2 as well, it can be hard to figure out what kind of memory to base your system around. Think Computers can help, with a comparsion of 3 companies offerings, at various speeds and timings.
'Tis the season for you to go and spend your hard earned money on things you most likely don't
need, or the person you are getting it for doesn't need either, but we still do
Subject: Memory | November 8, 2005 - 09:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I can't say I've heard the name TeamGroup before, but according to InsaneTek, that's because I live in North America. The components they use to make the DIMMs will be familiar to all, and the timing isn't bad at all; 2-2-2-5 at 200MHz. Get the full review at InsaneTek.
"TeamGroup is not well known here in the States, but they do have reputation overseas.
Subject: Memory | November 4, 2005 - 06:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
Fremont, CA (Thursday, November 3, 2005) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has became the first company in the memory category to receive the NVIDIAÂ® SLI™ Ready certification. Recognized as the performance memory of choice for enthusiasts, Corsair added to the SLI Ready certification program by creating a new memory category to amplify user experience.
Subject: Memory | November 3, 2005 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report sits down with RAM of 2 different timings ...
2-2-2-5 and 2.5-4-4-8, and also ran them at 1T and 2T. Read the review to see what impact the timing of these DIMM's had on system performance.
"THESE DAYS, SEEMINGLY every major memory module manufacturer is producing fancy low-latency
DIMMs. These DIMMs are equipped with tricked-out heat spreaders and come in a variety of different
colors, making them easy to pick out in a crowd.
Subject: Memory | October 31, 2005 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair's newest, their TWINX2048-4000PT Platinum Series gets a workout at Think Computers. They are impressed by the timings, and the speeds they could get when manipulating the the timings.
'Hot off the heels of the last Corsair review, we have another Corsair review for you. Corsair has
done it again, they are leading the pack in memory technology advancements, by releasing yet
another quality high performance memory product.
Subject: Memory | October 28, 2005 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having a high FSB isn't the only way for memory to excel. Overclockers Online looks at OCZ's PC4000 2GB EB Platinum Edition. This set of dual channel RAM is set to very low latency right out of the box. Either leave it alone, and enjoy the performance, or find your own overclocked sweet spot with this kit.
"Gone are the days when the best performance is provided by 1GB kits of memory.
Subject: Memory | October 26, 2005 - 10:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's 500Mhz, 2GB dual channel kit, the EL DDR PC-4000 1024MB Gold Edition Dual Channel, performs well straight out of the box, and better once you overclock it. Even better is the lifetime warranty that comes with it. Red & Blackness Mods puts it through the paces, check out the review.
"Todays games have started to require more power and one of the main things is ram. 1Gb or ram is
required these days and 2Gb is almost recommended.
Subject: Memory | October 21, 2005 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware runs a series of test benchmarks using differeny amounts of RAM, both single and dual channel. See what the tests say about the effect of gobs 'o RAM on your Frames Per Second and load times.
"Given we now know 1GB of memory is the sweet spot, how much faster is 1GB than 512MB or even
256MB in today's games? There are still a huge amount of gamers out there fragging away with just
512MB of memory.
Subject: Memory | October 19, 2005 - 08:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has a 3 way overclocking memory kit comparison, between A-DATA, Kingston, and Mushkin. All of the kits are PC2-6400/DDR2 800MHz, but they all have different timings, and different voltages. See which of the 3 you like best.
"The Mushkin eXtreme PC2-6400 modules loaded Windows at 1060MHz on the first try. Although we
later found that 1060MHz was unstable this was an impressive achievement. After RST Pro2 testing
we found that 1042MHz was 100% stable on our 2GB memory kit...
Subject: Memory | October 17, 2005 - 08:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeIL may not get the attention that other RAM manufacturers get, but they are certainly still working away at improving their products. The PC2-4300 Ultra DDR2 Dual Channel Kit HardwareZoom reviews is not only low latency, but has a huge heat spreader that can't hurt your efforts at overclocking.
"Specialised in memory modules design and manufacturing, GeIL has been making high performance memory modules since 1997.
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