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Mushkin Rev2 PC133 Enhanced Memory

Subject: Memory
Manufacturer: Mushkin


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Of all the components of a high performance PC, the memory of the computer is the most recent victim of upgrades. Never before has memory been so key to the everyday computer users life than it is now. Gamers and developers alike that need or strive to have the fastest, most powerful machine are finding themselves hunting and pecking for highest stability, lowest latency memory that they can find. It is in the spirit of this eternal pursuit (boy, sounds like I’m going on a Crusade or something…) that we have reviewed and tested Mushkin’s Enhanced Rev2 222 PC133 Memory.

Mushkin is one of premier suppliers of high quality, high performance SDRAM. They were one of, if not THE first, to introduce handpicked memory modules that have the highest and best yield available and sell them to the everyday consumer, and not just the large server market (though I am sure they still take part in that). This is my second ‘generation’ of Mushkin memory that I have owned, the first being a 128MB module of similar RAM, but the DIMM I will be reviewing today is one of the first 256MB Rev2 modules to be available at such high speeds.

Here are some of the posted specs of this SDRAM:

  • 256MB Module
  • PC133
  • CAS 2:2:2
  • Asus, Abit, Epox Certified
  • 7.5ns
  • Lifetime warranty

What is most impressive about Mushkin’s memory, and what they are most famous for, is their memory’s ability to surpass their specs and reach higher speeds at lower CAS latency times than other brands. This review will take a look at several aspects of the Mushkin brand memory, as well as PC133 and CAS2 memory in general. We will compare this stick of RAM against the cheapest 256MB PC133 you can buy, and see if they difference in performance is really worth the difference in price. We will look at the differences between the Mushkin memory vs. the generic memory on a CAS 3 level and then look at the difference between Mushkin running at CAS 2 and CAS 3. Finally, we will push this SDRAM as far as it can go, in both CAS 2 and CAS 3 mode.

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