2GB HP 3200 (2x1024MB)
With the release of XP-64 and future games and system requirements devouring ever more RAM, I've been advocating the use of a 2GB memory compliment for some time. While the gains may not be immediately noticible, that these modules are Low Latency 1GB parts is significant. Lest we not forget is wasn't so long ago we found the need to jump from 512MB to a 1GB RAM compliment to meet the demands of the new XP operating system, even though many resisted believing this was "overkill." I don't know of anyone whom would revert to 512MB after rnning their XP OS with 1GB of system memory. With the burgeoning size of the XP-Operating System 1GB is the best and least expensive way to keep your system running at top speed. Remember almost ALL computations get done in Random Access Memory, one need only look to the difference in performance when CPU makers add exspeneive L1/2 cache to their processor's. The same holds true of graphic cards. The difference is, RAM is a fraction of the cost of the aforementioned. Mushkin is currently offering a $25 Coupon
on each 1GB module tested below.
The 1GB modules tested here (2GB kits available) are included in Mushkin’s High Performance
line. I did have cause for concern as Mushkin spec's these modules to perform at CL2-3-2-6 timings, however; when I ran the memory under Auto or SPD in the DFI BIOS this resulted in CL3-3-3-8 performance. They did run at their specified CL2-3-2-6, however, this required manual BIOS adjustment. Insofar as the SPD discrepancy I contacted Mushkin who was already aware of the issue and is working to correct it. Where the SPD identifications area concerned (serial number only), several kits tested will show minor discrepancies as these were shipped for testing prior to Mushkin updating their new website. For all intensive purposes the modules tested below 991429
are the same modules which are available for sale. While the SPD ID issue is not of major concern, I felt a need to bring the SPD timings discrepancy to Mushkin's attention since memory of this type may be used for/by Server, or Small Business applications. Such end-user's may not possess the required BIOS skills (nor should they) to make the manual BIOS adjustments. Mushkin will have the discrepancy resolved prior to the publication of this article. I tested two 1024MB sticks 991429
HP3200 in Dual Channel (all memory will be tested in DC) at: 11x200FSB CL2-3-2-6 (2.7V), 11x200FSB CL3-3-3-8 (SPD) (2.6V), 11x215FSB CL3-3-3-8 (2.7V).