256MB pc133 SDRAM
by Grunt, 8 September 2001
take their system's RAM for granted. However, they don't realise
that their choice of RAM affects their system's performance and
stability. Not all RAM modules are created equal.
Today, we take
a look at a generic 256MB PC133 SDRAM with ECC (Error Correction
Coding) memory module, supposedly Micron branded. SDRAM of this
make and supposed brand can be found aplenty right now, which would
normally be regarded with a more critical eye, but since it IS ECC
SDRAM, its something which isn't that openly available at the moment.
to 100MHz, 3-3-3 up to 133MHz
(Double-sided), 18 chips.
As, you can
see, it is an average performer on paper, only rated for use at
3-3-3 latency at 133MHz. This particular stick was used in a server,
where performance was second to stability, so this was not an issue.
However, it will matter if you want a high performing stick of RAM.
OK, on to the benchmarks!
650 (100MHz * 6.5)
revision 1.02, BIOS revision 1008
northbridge, (686A southbridge, VIA 4-in-1 4.32)
Pixelview Geforce 2 MX (nVidia reference drivers 12.41)
256MB PC133 SDRAM with ECC
other components can be overlooked since they do not affect
the performance of your RAM. Also, the speed of the hard disk
is irrevelent because the test does not involve hard disk I/O.
ECC performance could not be tested because the test platform (VIA
KT133 chipset) does not support this feature.