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Three Way DDR-550 Memory Rumble - GeIL, OCZ and ShikaRAM

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Jun 18, 2004 4:00 am

ShikaRAM PC4400



- Specifications


Module Size: 2 X 512 MB


Package: 184-pin LONG DIMM


Naming: DDR PC4400


Speed: 550MHz DDR


Chip Density: 32 X 8


Voltage: 2.6V - 2.8V


CAS Latency: 3-8-4-4


- The Modules


ShikaRAM has been producing memory modules for OEMs for a long time. Only recently they have started a new division which focuses on the end-user, in particular the enthusiast.


They recently contacted us about the release of their PC4400 memory. The particular modules, like the GeIL memory, are rated at CAS 3. Companies like OCZ, Corsair and GeIL have all been making performance memory a lot longer then these guys. The competition is quite hard in this area and it will be interesting to see how ShikaRAM perform.



The modules come with an extremely high quality heatsink which was good to see. The modules we are looking at are 512MB units which come to make a complete 1GB kit.


Like OCZ and GeIL, the package is a Dual Channel kit and is guaranteed to work as a pair in a Dual Channel environment at 275MHz.


- Overclocking


The modules from Shikatronics did exceptionally well when it came to reaching the spec - it was done without a single hiccup. This is where we began to raise the FSB. We were able to achieve a maximum overclock of 285MHz which is a 20MHz DDR jump over spec which isn't too bad at all. The modules just fell short of what the GeIL was able to achieve but could overtake the modules on offer from OCZ.


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