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

Dual Channel, Dual Channel, Dual Channel - it is one of the key buzzwords taking the IT industry by storm at the moment courtesy of chipsets from nVidia and Intel. Which Dual Channel branded memory kit do you choose? Do you even need actual branded Dual Channel memory? Which overclocks the fastest? Shawn "Toxic" Baker answers all these questions in this 20-page monster roundup comparing memory from Crucial, Mushkin, Kingmax, TwinMOS, Buffalo and Corsair!

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



TwinMOS are very well known in the enthusiast market for making high performing memory modules. Founded in 1998, TwinMOS has built themselves a very good name over the past few years thanks to their top quality memory modules. TwinMOS don't only concentrate on DRAM but also on Flash memory products and also have a line of wireless networking products.





Module Size: 2 X 256MB


Package: 184-pin DIMM


Features: DDR PC3200


Configuration: 32Meg X 8


Error Checking: Non-parity


Speed: 400MHz


Voltage: 2.6V


SDRAM Timings: CL=2




We see nothing out of the ordinary as far as packaging is concerned. TwinMOS use a very simple package that is designed to simply keep postal costs to a minimum and protect the memory. Their isn't much more to say about the packaging, it doesn't offer anything fancy like Mushkin nor does it come in a colorful box like the Kingmax modules - it's simple and does what it's supposed to do - protect memory in transportation.





TwinMOS are the only single sided modules we have here today and this is said to help when overclocking as you have less chips where something could possibly go wrong. Apart from the single sided design, we don't see anything to out of the ordinary; TwinMOS have also chosen not to use a heat spreader - we will see if this at all hinders how much past 200MHz we take it.




This is our second chance to have a look at TwinMos DDR400 modules; the last DDR400 module we tested was based on the Winbond BH-5 chips that we could happily get to 220MHz before we became limited by the processor. The new modules used have TM7608F8E50D printed on them and we will see how they perform at stock settings and just how well they overclock later.


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