Memory Comparison: Corsair / Mushkin / Crucial
by David, 9 November 2002
has got to be one of the most important parts of a computer system.
In recent days, the big names in memory manufacturers / resellers
have been quick to introduce their own version of DDR400 memory,
or otherwise known as PC3200 DDR memory, which of course, also happen
to cost quite a bit more.
no means should this indicate that you should throw away your older
PC2100 or PC2700 memory sticks. If you're lucky to have a quality
stick on hand, they just might be able to do the job for you, without
the need to shell out major bucks.
the highest official speed of memory ratified by JEDEC is only PC2700,
or rather, 166MHz capable memory. This means that any type of memory
speed rated higher than PC2700 doesn't totally adhere to JEDEC specifications.
One reason why JEDEC hasn't yet ratified DDR400 standards could
probably be the fact that stable operation at such high frequencies
would entail higher memory latencies, and more often than not, more
voltage to the memory itself.
(DDR266) - 2.1GB/sec memory bandwidth, 133Mhz
(DDR333) - 2.7GB/sec memory bandwidth, 166Mhz
(DDR400) - 3.2GB/sec memory bandwidth, 200Mhz
this article, I compare memory from 3 different companies, Crucial,
Corsair and Mushkin, all big names, and having very well established
reputations as providers of quality memory solutions.
memory modules I used in the comparison consist of the following:
in the PC2100 for the heck of it, as it performed quite well when
used in my Asus A7V8X review.
objective of this comparison is to basically find out how high each
particular stick of memory can be overclocked. Of course, overclocking
voids your warranty in some cases (i.e. Crucial doesn't encourage
overclocking), and in the cases of Corsair and Mushkin, overclocking
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