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Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 2

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Oct 8, 2003 4:00 am

Overclocking Results


- Kingmax TinyBGA PC3200


Kingmax was first on the chopping block to be taken through our overclocking run. We would continue adjusting the FSB with the V Dimm till one of them one was no longer being useful. Using this combination and an 80MM Antec LED fan, we were able to achieve a maximum stable overclock of 250MHz at 3.2 Volt. TinyBGA is quite well known for being able to handle high voltage and this shows us first hand what it is capable of. As soon as you start going above 3Volt on the memory we would highly recommend extra cooling across the memory to help sustain any damage to the modules.


We were very surprised at just what the Kingmax modules were capable off. Last time we didn't have the opportunity to play with this much voltage. Some memory can handle voltage better then others and it shows that the TinyBGA is definitely one of those memory chips that love it. It seemed the more we increased the voltage the higher it goes which some people may instantly think……"Well Derrr, of course" but some memory will not gain any more benefits when reaching 2.8 or 2.9 Volt or higher.


- Geil PC3500


Geil didn't particular shine when it came to testing at default or DDR400 speeds but we hoped with the new packaging design on the chips we would get the chance to see these babies shine with a bit more voltage. Unfortunately it didn't matter what we did to these modules moving from 2.8 to 2.9 to 3.0 we got not a single extra MHz out of it even at relaxed timings. It's not uncommon to have memory that will not go above spec but it was a real disappointment to see that they weren't able to do much when it came to normal testing at DDR400 and DDR433. We have included the results of the memory at 233 in the below graphs to give people an idea of what overclocking does overall when compared to other modules.


- Corsair PC3500


Corsair PC3500 didn't stand out too much in the above testing, it didn't take a lead nor did it come last and when it came to overclocking the modules we were disappointed to also find that we had a similar problem to the Geil.


As soon as we wanted it to go above spec we didn't have any luck. This isn't to say that the Corsair modules are poor, or not worth looking at, we have seen PC3500 memory from Corsair overclock well in the past. We just didn't have much luck with these sticks and hope this doesn't carry on to any of the other modules.


- Corsair PC3700


It was time to attack the Corsair PC3700 modules and we didn't have any problems overclocking these modules.


With a bit of time, effort and patience we were able to achieve a maximum overclock of 253MHz. This brings them just above the default speed of PC4000 memory and may be a better option for some people as they are a fair bit cheaper than Corsair PC4000. Let's see how they go when it comes to benchmarking them against the rest of the competition.


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