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Well, little by little we have come to the memory modules discussion. Most of the news here is connected with the memory solutions based on the recently introduced 800MHz DDR2 chips from Elpida. This time Corsair announced their product: XMS2 6400. And they not just announced it but also released into the mass market - at least we could see them selling in Japanese stores in the middle of April already for about $380 for a set of two 512MB modules. Of course, the price is kind of extreme, but these memory modules are targeted for extreme users anyway, as they cannot be used in any today’s system working in the nominal mode anyway.

The April announcement of the Corsair XMS2 5400UL – 675MHz DDR2 memory modules looks much more adequate, I should say. They are intended for use in NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition based platforms because they do support this speed officially. Moreover, the timing settings are also more adequate here: 3-2-2-8.

However, the level of adequacy of the today’s solutions is inversely proportional to the DRAM chips pricing, so… Another April solution joined the HyperX memory modules from Kingston: the 750MHz of the PC2-6000 pseudo-standard. A pair of 1GB modules with 4-4-4-12 timings sells for $498. No comments necessary, I assume. There is also not much I could comment on regarding the new Kingmax product line aka Mars, where not very fast timings (to put it mildly) correspond to DDR2-667 already…

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