Double the memory, double the fun?

Subject: Memory | March 26, 2008 - 06:05 PM |

Or at least a bit higher on your Vista rating.  With the wonderful drop in pricing that DDR2 is going through, 4GB kits are no longer something you have to sell a body part to afford.  Many kits are appearing, and today Overclockers Club reviewed Mushkin's XP2 8000 Redline 4GB kit.  Along with the increase in size has come a decrease in the amount of overclocking possible, and a loosening of the timings, but the scores still remain impressive.

"Getting the most out of the memory that is installed in high performance computers usually comes at a cost. That cost

is the voltage needed for the results. Many times, the higher the voltage applied to the DIMMs, the better they perform,

to a point. The Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline modules are no different. Whereas 2.3 or 2.4 volts usually is a good, even

point on DDR2 memory, these did not want anything higher than 2.05 volts. Used to the "give 'er a bit more Johnny"

school of thought, I tried 2.2 volts and did not get the desired increase I was after. So I settled on 1.98 volts for

the final overclock. The Redlines ended up giving me 562MHz, 62MHz over the stock speed of 500MHz. I can hear the nay

sayers jeering that 562MHz is low for DDR2 DIMMs. You have to realize that this is a four gigabyte set of modules. So

562 MHz is pretty decent and even better when the price point comes into play."

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