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DDR-400 Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 1 - Mushkin PC3200

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Jun 22, 2003 4:00 am



Mushkin, while only being a very small company, are well known among the enthusiast community for creating high quality and overclockable memory modules from way back in the PC150 days. Lately they have been expanding into other areas with the introduction of a MP3 player which we looked at in last months gadget guide which impressed us, as well as a new USB 2.0 flash drive which we haven't had a chance to look at yet.



Mushkin hasn't disappointed us in the past and we will see if they can keep up with the other modules we have here today. Let's have a look at what Mushkin have produced.




Module Size: 2 X 256MB


Package: 184-pin DIMM


Features: DDR PC3200


Configuration: 32Meg X 8


Error Checking: Non-parity


Speed: 400MHz


Voltage: 2.5V - 2.75V


SDRAM Timings: CL=2




Mushkin have the best protective packaging money can buy, unfortunately due to its design and size it brings up the cost of postage significantly. Mushkin use a giant air bag that covers the memory and helps it when traveling. The packaging has two uses, first is to protect the memory and the other as an inflatable ball that can be kicked around - Yes, we tried it. The packaging really is excellent but would make it quite expensive if ordering a large quantity of sticks, Mushkin would have to use some other form of protection.




The modules from Mushkin look fantastic, with the black PCB and bright purple heatsink. Like the Crucial modules, these sticks aren't specifically designed to run in Dual Channel mode but we haven't had any trouble with them when running some pre tests.




The modules supplied by Mushkin are rated with the more aggressive CAS timing of 2 which helps in overall performance. To have such aggressive timings on memory that is rated for such a high speed, only the best components can be used and Mushkin pride themselves on the quality of their memory - as an extra step in quality control, Mushkin hand test every stick of memory before it is shipped ensuring it reaches the speed it is rated for.


We will see if they can be pushed much further at such aggressive timings and then the quality of the modules will really begin to show or not show. Mushkin have created a very nice hand tested module here and it will be interesting to see how it performs under pressure on our test setup.


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