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Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 2 - Final Rundown Continued

It's time for Part 2 of our Dual Channel Memory roundup series where this time we check out new modules from Kingmax, Corsair, Geil, OCZ, Transcend and Crucial - 8 different types of modules all up over a massive 33 pages!

| Editorials in RAM | Posted: Oct 8, 2003 4:00 am

Final Rundown Continued

 

- Corsair PC4000

 

When running at DDR500 speeds, it would be hard to make a decision which PC4000 set of memory modules are better as they constantly seemed to be fighting it out for number one spot. Corsair's memory wasn't as affected by voltage as some of the others and for this reasons we could only get another 8MHz out of them when compared to their default speed.

 

There is no denying that Corsair PC4000 modules are fast - they are actually dam fast but when it came to overclocking the constant battle that we saw happened in the first set of tests stopped and OCZ continued to win test after test.

 

Corsair PC4000 modules are very expensive and we would personally recommend looking at their line of PC3700 memory more seriously. Corsair PC4000 received a rating of 7.5 out of 10. Most people would prefer to save some money and go for the PC3700 and hopefully get some luck with them.

 

- Crucial PC3200

 

Crucial didn't leave the same mark as they did last time with us. It's not because the 512 Meg modules are worse, if anything they are slightly better then the 256 modules we looked at previously. This time around the competition is a lot fiercer. While the best modules we looked at last time were only PC3500, this time around we have memory that runs at DDR500 speeds as default.

 

At DDR400 speeds the Crucial does exceptionally well and it can be seen that higher care is taken into the production of these modules. Anyone wanting to run DDR400 speeds would have a choice between these modules and Kingmax PC3200 TinyBGA modules.

 

The Crucial modules gave us a good overclock but nothing that stands out from the pack. They are still an overall excellent module and for this reasons they score a rating of 8 out of 10. Value for money has a lot to do when it comes to buying memory and this would definitely be a wise purchase for anyone who wants to buy some cheap branded memory which always carries exceptional quality.

 

- Transcend PC3200

 

Transcend isn't known as a memory maker for the hardcore enthusiast but we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was almost capable of running stable at 250MHz. The problem with the Transcend memory we found was that while it had the extra FSB running through it, we wouldn't always see an increase in performance due to the lower grade memory it uses.

 

The memory is very cheap and is aimed at people who want to build a system on the cheap. We wouldn't expect the same results from module to module as one batch can have X chips and another batch could have Y chips. The memory was able to overclock but was consistently slow and for this reason we give them a rating of 6.5 out of 10.

 

- OCZ PC4000

 

These modules not only look fantastic with the mirror finish heat spreader but also perform beautifully as well. We understand that not everyone is going to be able to buy memory at this cost but if you have the money for some high performance memory we would highly recommend OCZ. We feel that when it came to overclocking the modules, our processor was getting about as much as it could handle.

 

OCZ have produced a very fast PC4000 memory module and there is no doubt in our mind that their newly released PC4200 modules are going to be no exception which we currently have testing in our labs. OCZ PC4000 are definitely our fastest modules we have seen here at TweakTown and they receive a very high rating of 9.5 out of 10 and our newest award, the TweakTown Performance Award which tells people that while they might be slightly more expensive then other products on the market, the hardcore enthusiast shouldn't be without them.

 

 

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