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DDR-2 533MHz Memory Royal Rumble - September 2004 - Corsair XMS2

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.

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

Corsair XMS2 533MHz


Editor Note - We are unsure of exactly which chip the Corsair XMS2 uses but we think it is Micron BGA, the same as the cheaper Value Select series. The heat spreader is actually glued to the chip and we couldn't physically remove it to check for ourselves.


- Specifications


512 Megabytes of DDR-2 memory


Two matched CM2X256-5400C4 modules


Implemented using 32M x 8 DDR-2 SDRAMs


100% tested at 675MHz in high performance DDR-2 motherboards


Legendary Corsair reliability and service


Lifetime warranty


Each module pair is tested together in an Intel-based motherboard at 675MHz


Tested and packaged in pairs


Packaged together immediately following system test


Tested at the low latencies of (4-4-4-12) at 2.0V


SPD programmed at 4-4-4-12 values


- The Packaging


Corsair has included their modules in a blister like pack which can be opened with ease. It is not a bad package and is designed so you can hang it off shelving.


- The Modules


As you can see these modules are labeled as XMS or in this case "XMS2" for the DDR-2 series of memory. The XMS from Corsair has always let the user know that they are getting the fastest clocked memory in their range.


For Corsair to announce XMS2 there must be something special (low latency, for example) although if you look towards the bottom right of the modules, you will see they are rated at CL4 which is pretty common considering all the sticks here today are rated at that but with the difference being they don't claim to be a special performance type RAM.



Unlike Mushkin, Corsair doesn't utilize a clip like system to secure the heat spreader to the memory (like they have done in the past). When tilting the module to the side all you can see is a mass of thermal paste spread carelessly across the chips which do not give you all that much confidence in the product. Nevertheless, the memory performed fine throughout our testing.




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