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Memory Modules: Closer Look

It’s now time to show our hand and tell you about the memory modules we used in our tests. We will have an opportunity to discuss their operational characteristics later in this article, while now we just present a list of them. Two manufacturers, Corsair and OCZ, both the leading makers of fast and high-quality memory, had their products included into this review. So, we received the following modules for our tests:

  • Corsair TWINX512-3200LL.

A pair of 256MB modules that are supposed to work at 400MHz with 2-3-2-6 timings. In practice, these were the only modules to work at 400MHz with the lowest timings (2-2-2-5).

  • Corsair TWINX512-3700.

A pair of 256MB modules that are supposed to work at an up to 467MHz frequency. Corsair guarantees these modules to work at such a high frequency with 3-4-4-8 timings. Moreover, these modules are tested by the manufacturer specifically for stable functioning in dual-channel Pentium 4 platforms.

  • OCZ DDR PC-3700 Premier Dual Channel.

A pair of 256MB modules, positioned as budget memory for overclockers. According to the manufacturer, they support frequencies up to 467MHz with 3-4-4-8 timings and with DIMM voltage increased to 2.75V.

  • OCZ EL DDR PC-3700 Dual Channel Gold .

Two DDR467 modules from OCZ’s elite series. According to the manufacturer, they should work right at 466MHz with rather aggressive 2-3-3-7 timings and with 2.75V voltage. Regrettably, the practice showed that these modules work somewhat slower than they should.

  • OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Dual Channel.

Two DDR500 modules of 256MB capacity. They are claimed to work at 500MHz with 3-4-4-8 timings and 2.75V voltage. Our tests showed that they are actually operational with more aggressive timings. Moreover, their parameters turned to be better than even those of OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Dual Channel Gold.

As you see, we have quite a motley assembly of modules, but it is the more interesting to test them at work.

 
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