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DDR-400 Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 1

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Jun 22, 2003 4:00 am

Buffalo Technology


Buffalo Technology is a company that we hadn't heard of before but when they contacted us to have a look at their new line of PC3700 memory; we jumped at the chance to see what the company to us had to offer. Buffalo state that while they are not yet a common name in the memory industry, they felt that their line of products and services will exceed your current performance which experienced memory vendors offer. Let's have a look on what Buffalo have on offer here.





Module Size: 2 X 512MB


Package: 184-pin DIMM


Features: DDR PC3700


Configuration: 32Meg X 16


Error Checking: Non-parity


Speed: 466MHz


Voltage: 2.5V


SDRAM Timings: CL=2.5




Buffalo Technology don't offer any form of fancy packaging which wont bother a lot of people. It seems to be quite common that performance modules don't offer any form of retail packaging as they know that the people purchasing their product are simply going to be pulling them straight out and inserting them in to their system and pushing them as fast as possible.




Buffalo are one of two memory brands in our roundup which use sticks rated at PC3700 or DDR-466 which is made possible by the lower 2.5 CAS latency used.


These modules use the Winbond BH-5 modules which was used on our last encounter with TwinMos, as stated above this memory was capable of doing 220MHz before our processor became the limitation. These modules are guaranteed to go to 233MHz when running in Single Channel mode, we will find if they are capable of doing these speeds when running in Dual Channel mode and if they can go any further.




These modules will be tested at DDR400 CAS 2 in the default tests as we are unable to run them any higher without adjusting the processor speed which would of course give it the lead in benchmarks - we will see if the sticks can shine when it comes to overclocking them.


This is the first visit from Buffalo memory into our labs and we will see what it is capable of and if 512Meg modules slow it down at all.


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