Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition Memory Review

Memory by jmke @ 2004-08-02

How do the old but not forgotten Winbond BH-6 chips stand up against the competition? Thanks to the Mushkin PC3200 Special Series we were able to find out. Want to know how it feels to put all the memory options in your BIOS to the most aggressive setting? Read on then!

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AMD System

AMD XP test setup

JMke's AXP Test Setup
CPU AMD Athlon XP Mobile 2500+
Mainboard DFI NFII Ultra Infinity
Cooling Aerocool HT-101
Memory * 512Mb Mushkin PC3200 “Special”
* 512Mb Corsair PC3200 LL Pro
* 256Mb Corsair PC3200 (BH-6)
Video nVidia Geforce Ti 4600

Since this is a brand new setup I’m still experimenting with the ideal setup, for this test I used these settings:
  • DDR voltage: 3.0v (just love boards which offer 3v+ out of the box)
  • Multiplier 7x

    Tested maximum FSB speed with northbridge at 1.9v using high latency high speed memory, result: 232Mhz. Not much better then my previous Abit NF7-S v2.

    lowest timings
    Mushkin Special: CL2 2-2-5
    Corsair BH-6: CL2 2-2-5
    Corsair LL Pro: CL2 2-3-6

    do note that best performance with nForce2 chipset can be had with Tras at 11, more info here

    The same UT2003 Botmatch was run to begin with:

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    Not even 1fps difference between the lot! Maybe in Quake 3 Arena:

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    A lousy 2fps when the average is over 200, not impressive. SuperPi likes tight memory timings so let’s see how they do:

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    Every module benefited from the increased DDR voltage, using 3v gave the following result:

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    Look at that Pro memory go, almost catching up with the BH-6 chips, the difference is now even smaller than on the Intel setup.

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    A few percent in Q3A and 2 seconds in SuperPI, not impressive. Onto our conclusion ->
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