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DDR-2 533MHz Memory Royal Rumble - September 2004 - Kingmax

It's been a long time in the works but we are finally ready with our DDR-2 533MHz Memory Royal Rumble of September 2004. We check out and compare the performance of memory modules from Kingmax, Crucial, TwinMOS, Mushkin, Corsair and Kingston. If you are on the market for a new set of DDR-2 memory, you cannot miss this article.

| DDR-2 Memory in RAM | Posted: Sep 17, 2004 4:00 am

Kingmax DDR-2 533MHz using Samsung chip

 

- Specifications

 

Capacity: 256MB/512MB/1GB

 

Performance range: 200Mhz (5.0ns @CL=3) / 267MHz (3.75ns@CL=4)

 

Power supply: VDD:1.8V±0.1V

 

Bi-directional data strobe (DQS)

 

Differential clock inputs (CK and CK#)

 

DLL aligns DQ and DQS transition with CK transition

 

Auto & self refresh capability (8192 Cycles / 64ms)

 

Double-data-rate architecture; two data transfers per clock cycle

 

Programmable Read latency :3 and 4 (clock)

 

Programmable Burst length:4 or 8

 

Programmable Burst type (Sequential & Interleave)

 

Edge aligned data output, center aligned data input

 

Serial presence detect with EEPROM

 

- The Packaging

 

Kingmax have recently moved a lot of their memory over to great looking retail packaging. They don't have matched "Dual Channel Kits" because they actually manufacture their own DDR memory unlike a lot of other companies. You know that if you buy one module now and another one three months down the track it will work in Dual Channel mode without any problems. This is one of the best things about buying from a company who produces their own memory instead of companies who just buy whatever they can get a hold of at the time and re-label it. While this isn't quite yet the case with Kingmax DDR-2, we expect it will be before much longer.

 

The box is a nice black and red color scheme that really stands out, the front of the box has a little face where the sticker shows through. You can see here the size and the speed of the memory.

 

- The Modules

 

While Kingmax are utilizing the Samsung DDR-2 chip, we have also seen them use the Micron chip over the past few weeks. Both chips are extremely high quality and we will see how the two chips compare against each other as the Crucial modules we also have in this roundup are using the Micron chips.

 

 

You will notice the lack of heat spreader and this is due to the fact that DDR-2 actually runs cooler then the original DDR and as we came to conclude (like a lot of other people) original DDR didn't really need a heat spreader either - heat spreaders are a good marketing ploy but really aren't required for mild overclocking.

 

 

 

Find the lowest price on DDR-2 Memory!

 

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