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In our few recent articles devoted to the best memory choices for Conroe platform we have been trying to convince our readers that any overclocker system should do just great with DDR2-800 SDRAM, and the faster memory may be of interest only to a limited number of extreme overclockers. Now that we have just finished one more test session, our arguments in favor of this statement have become even more meaningful. The thing is that the properly selected overclocking-friendly PC2-6400 SDRAM hardly yields to faster PC2-8000 SDRAM in terms of its frequency potential. Well-made DDR2-800 that is designed to work at 4-4-4-12 timings can perform as DDR2-1000 or even DDR2-1067 SDRAM with less aggressive timing settings. However, by getting PC2-6400 memory modules that are slower according to their official specifications, you can win big financially. The memory module kits that we have reviewed today are definitely cheaper than the kits with the same 2GB capacity but specified to work at post-1GHz speeds by default.

So, before choosing the right DDR2 SDRAM for the system every overclocker needs to make sure that he/she understands correctly what DDR2-800 SDRAM memory is the best. The results of our numerous tests revealed the following empirical rule: the memory modules built using Micron chips overclock the best. So, we would certainly recommend the solutions like that.

As for more specific advice from us, we can say that Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400С4 and Mushkin 996523 XP2-6400 DDR2 should definitely become your primary choice. These two kits work stably at default speeds and timing settings and at the same time offer significant overclocking potential, so that they can easily compete with PC2-8000 SDRAM.

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