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Corsair Memory, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of memory modules, announced availability of its DDR2 products designed for price-minded consumers. The introduction will help the new type of memory to gain availability at various price-points and occupy a bit larger market share.

The new “Value Select” DDR2 SDRAM memory modules from Corsair will function at 533MHz and will be available separately and also as matched pairs for dual-channel applications. DDR2 memory modules typically have 5.25” length and smaller than 1.3” height.

Corsair’s 240-pin DDR2 memory modules function at 1.8V supply compared to 2.6V memory voltage for conventional DDR modules. The newly introduced memory products will utilize FBGA memory chips for better stability, thermal efficiency, enhanced scalability and better overclockability. Additionally, DDR2 components themselves have some micro-architectural changes, such as, Off-Chip Driver calibration (OCD), On-Die Termination (ODT) as well as larger 4-bit prefetch, additive latency, and enhanced registers.

Currently Corsair Memory offers 256MB, 512MB and 1GB iterations of its “Value Select” DDR2 PC4200 memory modules. Latency settings of the parts are not declared by the maker at this point. Typical latency settings for 533MHz DDR2 memory are CL4 4-4-4.

Corsair also produces and ships XMS2 DDR2 memory modules with enhanced overclockability for computer enthusiasts. The XMS2 memory modules are priced from $105 to $155 according to The Value Select products are typically less expensive than XMS offerings.

All versions of DDR2 Value Select modules and kits are available immediately from resellers world-wide, Corsair said. Pricing of the parts is not announced.


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