I've got 2 memory reviews here with the first from OCAddiction with a review of GeIL's top of the line performance PC3500 Memory.
Also, one of the largest barriers I have encountered wasn't maxing out my processor speed, it was not being able to run my memory faster. Typically there have been two reasons for this: one, the memory simply wouldn't run any faster; or two, the motherboard couldn't push the memory higher. To solve the first problem, GeIL has released 256 megabyte and 512 megabyte sticks of PC3500 RAM. PC3500 RAM is rated to run on a 216.666 megahertz memory bus or 433 megahertz DDR. That's over 100 megahertz higher than any JEDEC certified RAM!More information at OCAddiction
3dXtreme follows up with their Corsair 256meg XMS3200 DDR Memory review.
Overall if you are looking to upgrade or if you are looking to purchase memory now I would definitly suggest spending a bit more and purchasing pc3200 like Corsair's XMS3200. Not only will it be usable on the kt400 motherboard but the heatspreaders keep it running cool and you should be able to overclock a bit further making pc3200 a very good investement choice.More information at 3dXtreme
AMDZone comes along first having tested out two 512MB sticks of Corsair PC3200 Cas 2 DDR400.
Corsair is at the top of their game releasing memory that keeps significantly outperforming the last. I notice that in the PDF they say that you can only run two sticks of this memory at CAS 2.5, but again they are being too humble as I was able to do CAS 2 with both sticks at the same time. Possibly not all boards are capable of supporting this speed. With enough voltage and a good motherboard you can easily do 400 MHz at CAS 2 with two sticks of memory.More information at AMDZone
Then along comes Extreme Overclocking with their look at GEIL's 512MB PC3500 DDR433 RAM.
GEIL recently released their PC3500 modules in the US. They are designed to run at 433mhz and use 5ns chips. None of the other major manufacturers have produced memory modules rated at this speed, so GEIL is the first to release PC3500. Will it run at the claimed speed, and how fast will it overclock to? Read the review to find out!More information at Extreme Overclocking
Mikhailtech has posted an interview with Kingston about their new EPOC (Elevated Package Over CSP) memory technology.
4. Are there any performance benefits in terms of stability, reliability and speed?More information at Mikhailtech
(Comparing the Kingston EPOC technology to stacked-chip module designs): EPOC technology ensures better thermal performance by keeping the rows of memory chips independently connected to the PCB and without chip layer interconnects. The air channel that separates the two rows of chips aids in cooling the memory chips; the memory chip rows and their independent bonding to the PCB also conducts heat away from each chip through the leads (TSOP) or the solder balls (MicroBGA) and into the PCB. The improved thermals result in better stability and reliability. In terms of electrical performance, the EPOC DIMMs meet the electrical interface timings specified by the memory controller's manufacturer. Shorter leads, reduced signal length and lower capacitance loading have also indicated improved performance.
Hexus.net have a close look at Corsair's XMS 3200 (DDR-400) CAS2 memory module.
This Corsair CMX256A-3200C2 module does exactly what it states on its specification sheet, and then some. I felt comfortable running the memory at 215MHz (DDR-430) at 2.8v, I'm sure it will go higher once primed in a little. From a pure performance point of view, this is the best memory I have personally used.More information at Hexus.net
AusPCWorld takes a look at the Tyan Tachyon G9000 64MB DDR GPU (ATI Radeon 9000 Pro) video card.
Tyan is a company well known especially for its dual CPU motherboards. They are also known for making quality motherboards utilising the latest technologies and features, but Tyan has now entered the Graphics card arena and first of the rank is the Tachyon G9000 Pro based on the ATI radeon 9000 chipset. We take a look at Tyan's first entry into this market today.More information at AusPCWorld
DeviantPC has posted a review of the new Corsair XMS PC3200CAS2 memory.
Corsair have recently propelled themselves to the top of the memory performance ladder with their XMS series of products. In a quest for rock solid stability coupled with high performance Corsair have hit a winner with the XMS series for both overclockers and stability seeking users alike.More information at DeviantPC
Tech-PC have just posted a review of Corsair XMS3200 CAS-2 DDR Memory.
In a nut shell, if you are out to get the best overclocking memory money can buy I can't see how you would be disappointed with the CORSAIR XMS3200 CAS2, the speed is excellent, it's rock solid, well packaged, comes with free heatspreaders and a lifetime warrenty, I can't see a bad point about it, it really is that good.More information at Tech-PC
Seems that they've been bust at AMDZone just lately.
First up is their August 2002 Heatsink Roundup in which they have the Antec Reference CPU Cooling System, Thermaltake Volcano 7+, Thermaltake Volcano 9, Thermalright AX-7, and the Zalman CNPS6000Cu all battling it out.
Next they go and find out how good Corsair's 512MB PC3200 memory really is.
They top it off with an article on building a First Time Water Cooling System.
The news hounds over at The Inq have seen more of those interesting roadmaps which state we will see Samsung DDR400 in Q4 while we'll see the devlish DDR-II 666 next year sometime. 10 bucks says that we will never see DDR-II rated at 666, it will most likely be 667 - At least history tells us this with the Celeron 667MHz processor. If you want to see how Samsung DDR400 memory performs, read this article which we posted earlier this week.
MEMORY ROADMAPS seen by the INQUIRER indicate that Samsung, at least, will be able to push ahead with DDR 400 in the fourth quarter of this year.More information at The Inq
In the meantime it is increasing production of its DDR 333 memory.
The first densities Samsung will produce are 128Mb chips at 2.5 volts, but it will move to 256Mb chips by Q1 of 2003, the roadmaps indicate. DDR 333 memory chips in 1Gb densities are not due until the end of next year.
BurnOutPc.com has just posted their review on some GeIL pc3500 ram.
Performance. That one word is synomonous with overclocking and you can add GEIL to that list too! Everyone that comes to burnoutpc.com is looking for the latest and greatest stuff. Motherboards, CPU, Video cards are all listed in this addiction. No need for 12 steps here! No way! Yet again, its time to upgrade your ram. First it was Sdram PC133 to DDR. Now its to DDR PC3500. Lets get on with the introductions. Finally something that can keep up with those blazing P4s with the 533 FSB.More information at BurnOutPc.com
Over at X-bit labs they have just posted an article called "DDR400 with i845E: Myth or Reality?".
At Computex exhibition this year one of the mainboard makers, the Albatron Company, announced an i845E chipset-based mainboard supporting, according to the manufacturer, DDR400 memory. At the same time we know from our previous reviews that i845E does not support DDR400. The explanation of this paradox is in our detailed investigation!More information at X-bit labs
I got to get me one of these. The guys from PC Stats have posted a review of Innoventions Ramcheck Advanced Memory Tester. It's an expensive device, which you guessed it... test's memory!
Designed and built with the reseller, memory manufacturer and computer service center in mind, the Ramcheck memory tester from Houstin-based Innoventions is a one-of-a-kind portable memory testing platform for the professional. At a cost of just under $2,000 USD for the standard unit, the Ramcheck memory tester comes in fairly inexpensive in a market populated by large desktop testers that can range in price from as much as $8,000-$26,000USD. The basic unit comes in a padded protective case with a serial cable, power supply, desktop software and instructions. Depending upon individual requirements, expansion adaptors can be used to widen the capabilities of the Ramcheck from standard 168-pin SDRAM through to DDRAM, SODIMM, SIMM, and even individual TSOP memory modules. The versatility of the unit is quite unique, though at first glace it presents a more humble impression.More information at PC Stats
Last month during Computex Taipei nVidia promised us, in no uncertain terms, the nForce2 would be impressive - We didn't think it would be quite this impressive though...
THE NFORCE 2 chipset to be announced in the middle of next week has a claimed advantage over Via's DDR 400 chipsets of around 20 per cent, according to information from a Taiwanese mobo manufacturer who wishes to remain nameless.More information at The Inquirer.
It's back to The Inquirer again for a story where they are reporting about Samsung preparing for mass production of their 128mb DDR-II memory.
MAJOR MEMORY COMPANY Samsung said it has introduced what it claims is the world's first DDR-II based gigahertz memory, aimed at the graphics market.More information at The Inquirer.
The chip will go into mass production during this quarter, comes in 128Mbit densities and Samsung claims it will transfer data at 1GHz "and higher".
Steven from Legion Hardware has taken an exclusive look at the new P4X400 chipset from VIA for the Pentium 4 platform. Bringing DDR-400 support to the Pentium 4 is certainly a bonus is the memory bandwidth department for VIA.
At this years Computex tradeshow VIA released so many products we had trouble covering them all. Even before Computex VIA were announcing quite a few new products, one of which was the P4X333 chipset. However this chipset will never get the chance to see day light due to VIA's need to keep releasing new gear. SiS beat VIA as the first chipset maker to offer a DDR333 solution for the P4 platform and VIA were not about to be beaten again. That has how it would appear anyway as they steam ahead only a few months after the P4X333 launch and release the P4X400. Well I guess we all knew it was coming but not this soon. Finally, DDR memory will be able to match RD-RAM or at least be on a more competitive level at DDR400.More information at Legion Hardware.
We've got some Kingmax DDR-400 memory in our labs currently being tested. We thought it might be interesting for you guys to have a look at the new retail packaging Kingmax are going with for their PC3200 retail memory.
We'll have a review up for you in the next couple of weeks while we finish up our testing.
Paul over at ClubOC has taken a look at some DDR-400 memory from Kingmax. In their email they said they had been waiting for several weeks to release their review and it still turned out the sample which they tested with used hand-picked DDR-333 chips. After my tour of Kingpak and Kingmax earlier this month, I believe the sample ClubOC tested still won't be the final release - Don't let these results influence you too much, as far as I understand the real DDR-400 from Kingmax is still on its way.
Again, talking to Kingmax, I was told that their DDR400 modules are handpicked DDR333 sticks tested to run at DDR400. This seems a little shady to me. I was also told that the 266 chipsets have a little more "compliant" than the current DDR333/400 chipsets and I would probably have more success running this stick using an older 266 chipset. All of this doesn't really matter. If I pay my money for something that says it will run at 200MHz, it better run at 200MHz. This one does not. Just out of curiosity and to make sure I wasn't screwing up, I searched for reviews on Kingmax DDR400. I didn't find many, but every single one that I found couldn't get it to run at 200MHz. I believe I was the only one that could even get a benchmark at 200MHz. I'm going to leave you with one last quote from Kingmax, "when you want to speed on the highway, at least do it in a Ferrari".More information at ClubOC.
OC Workbench have some news (a press release actually) posted on their website about Samsung's new DDR-II technologies.
Samsung's 512Mb DDR-II SDRAM fully satisfies the JEDEC DDR-II standard set in March 2002. The device has a low 1.8-volt Vdd and has data transfer rates of 533Mbps that can be extended to a maximum of 667Mbps for networks and special system environments. With the availability of Samsung's new 512Mb DDR-II SDRAM device, high-speed, performance-enhanced, next-generation memory designs are now a reality.More information at OC Workbench.
OCZ emailed me earlier today about the release of their new OCZ PC3300 DDR memory which effectively operates at 400MHz. This will become increasingly important as new chipsets are released.
Portage, IndianaIt just keeps getting faster and faster!
March 21, 2002 - OCZ Technology Group would like to announce the availability of OCZ Performance series DDR 400 better known as PC3300. OCZ PC3300 is built using state of the art ULN PCB to achieve speeds exceeding 400 MHz at CL2.5.
VIA Announces Wide Choice of Validated DDR333 Memory Modules Compatible with New VIA Apollo DDR333 Chipset platforms
Leading memory vendors set for volume production of ultra-fast, reliable and compatible PC2700 memory modules in support of VIA DDR333 chipset platform
Taipei, Taiwan, 12th March 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the support of leading memory vendors for a broad migration to high performance DDR333 in 2002.
With the launch of the VIA Apollo KT333 for the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor and the forthcoming VIA Apollo P4X333 for the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, memory manufacturers and module suppliers including Samsung Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, Nanya Technology and Elpida Memory have started to ship DDR333 (PC2700) modules and devices specifically tested for compatibility with VIA chipsets.
"VIA DDR333 chipset platforms will deliver unparalleled system performance to the marketplace" said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With a choice of validated PC2700 modules now available, end users have the security they need to upgrade to DDR333 with confidence"
"Hynix's DDR333 memory modules, used in conjunction with VIA's Apollo KT333, delivers outstanding performance and features," said Farhad Tabrizi, Vice President of Worldwide Memory Marketing for Hynix Semiconductor Inc. "Hynix continues to pave the way for availability of low cost, high performance DDR features, utilizing validated PC2700 architecture and providing consumers with powerful technology that delivers exceptional system performance."
"Our customers tell us that speed counts," said Tom Quinn, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.'s vice president of marketing. "Samsung's fully validated DDR333 memory modules will ensure that VIA DDR333 chipset platform customers will have all the high-performance memory they need at competitive
"Micron has been working with industry partners to enable DDR SDRAM and we are happy to report that DDR333 is well on its way to becoming the next DDR speed grade to be supported," said Brett Williams, Micron DRAM Strategic Marketing Manager. "Having validated our DDR333 modules with VIA's KT333 chipset, we will ramp production of DDR333 to coincide with industry demand."
VIA DDR Validation
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Cameron "Sov" Johnson has just finished up with an exclusive review of some Kingmax DDR-333 (PC2700) Memory. Can the newr and bigger numbers really aid in the performance of your system? Come on in and find out!