Our test memory was supplied to us by Mushkin - an American company who produces rock solid performance memory. Those who do not know about Mushkin memory modules, well you must have been under a rock for the past six years. Mushkin has been one of the biggest pushers of DRAM products in the retail market.
In fact, Mushkin was the first memory manufacturer to bring out 133MHz SDRAM for overclocking 440BX chipsets. Mushkin's high speed SDRAM at 133MHz was the talk of the town when Pentium 3 and the Intel 440BX chipset were making big headlines - it was stable, fast, with great low-latency timings; its only drawback was its price.
Mushkin has moved further on now and is producing DDR-2 modules for AMD and Intel based systems, with speeds now topping out over 1GHz, it is good to see this company continue with their high-quality memory products which always seem to perform pretty well.
We were sent for our evaluation a XPS2-8500 memory kit with two 2GB DDR-2 memory modules rated at 5-4-4-12-2T at 1066MHz DDR. These modules are slightly faster than the XMS2 PC2-8500 modules we use in our test systems that run 5-5-5-12-2T. Does this allow for some extra performance at stock? Let us hope so.
Our testing was only short with this memory, unfortunately we did not get a chance to do lowest latency timings, we only managed to get stock results and overclocked. We managed to push the memory to a max speed of 1077MHz using the default 5-4-4-12-2T latency setup on our eVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard. We kept the FSB at the stock speed of 266MHz and overclocked the memory independently, allowing us to eliminate the CPU as a bottleneck. This just beat our XMS2-8500Mhz modules which peaked at 1069MHz, the modules slowed down to 5-5-5-18-2T in order to run this high on the board.
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