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DDR-400 Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 1 - Corsair PC3500

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!

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

Corsair

 

If you haven't heard of Corsair, you must be living under a rock as they have been considered by many as having the top spot for the enthusiast market for some time. Corsair is well known for producing a module that is capable of overclocking impressively and we hope to see what their latest PC3500 modules can do for us today.

 

 

Specifications

 

Module Size: 2 X 256MB

 

Package: 184-pin DIMM

 

Features: DDR PC3500

 

Configuration: 32Meg X 8

 

Error Checking: Non-parity

 

Speed: 433MHz

 

Voltage: 2.5V

 

SDRAM Timings: CL=2

 

Packaging

 

Corsair, like a lot of the other manufactories, do not offer any fancy packaging for their memory as they know it will be going straight into the users system. Corsair have chosen to follow a very simply design like TwinMos when packaging their memory with a simply plastic case that holds the memory in place.

 

Modules

 

The Corsair modules are the most aggressive sticks of RAM we have here - not only are they DDR433 but they are also rated at the very aggressive setting of CAS 2. One thing that is definitely worth noting is that these modules use the same Winbond BH-5 chips as the Buffalo sticks which are rated at only CAS 2.5. Corsair has chosen to use a heat spreader and this mostly like would be what gives Corsair the ability to run these modules at such aggressive timings at super high speeds.

 

 

 

Corsair uses an 8 chip configuration on their modules which normally would result in a one sided memory module. Instead, Corsair has chosen to place four modules on each side, so while it is still a double sided module it only has half the memory modules that you would see on most other dual sided sticks on the market.

 

Like the Buffalo modules they will be tested at DDR400 CAS 2 then later at their maximum speed will be put to the test through overclocking. We will soon see if Corsair's motto, "Memory with muscle", helps them take the lead here today in our tests which start on the next page of this roundup.

 

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