DDR Memory Kit Roundup: Last of the Mohicans

Memory by Berry @ 2006-08-17

DDR is on its last legs with both AMD and Intel now supporting the newer DDR2 modules for their latest platforms. We present you with our most likely last DDR module review; two 2Gb high end memory kits from A-DATA and Team Group strive to help you get the most out of your Athlon 64 setup.

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Test Setup & Methodology - Benchmarks Used

Test Setup & Methodology

After my previous reviews, using 2x 1Gb modules, and looking for the compatibility issues I had with my barebone system, the thing that caught my eye, was a performance drop of 1-5% when using switching to 2x1Gb compared to 2x512Mb. Odd fact was, that Memtest86 mentioned a higher bandwidth for 2x 1Gb than the 2x 512Mb modules.

The larger modules showed a disadvantage using my old faithful DFI NF4-Ultra-D, and RDX200 CF-DR when using exactly the same timings in the same benchmarks, as long they don`t need more than 1Gb.

After talking to some technicians from DFI at Cebit, they confirmed this, although an explanation on this phenomenon was not given other than it having something to do with optimization issues. They told me they were working on a new bios, which will remove this last hurdle and make their boards fully optimized for both 2x 512Mb and 2x 1Gb modules.

Their latest motherboard, the CFX3200-DR, will be the base for this review as it is fully optimized for both using 2x 512Mb and 2x 1Gb modules. I used bios revision R5D-043C, as it was the only one which could run all modules without issues. Switching out my SATA Maxtor for a PATA model allowed for ~15Mhz increase in FSB.

Berry?s Test Setup
Madshrimps (c)
CPU AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (San Diego core)
- Thermalright XP-90C
Mainboard DFI CFX3200-DR
Video Sapphire X1900XT running at 650/750
  • Maxtor Pata Max10 160Gb
  • Nec DVDWriter 3540
  • Silverstone TJ-06 (with Noiseblocker SE2 120mm fans)
  • OCZ Powerstream 520

  • For reference I?ve included three 2x512Mb kits, one from OCZ, one from Corsair and the last from Team Group.

    OCZ Platinum Rev2 TCCD (Max out at 289 2,5-3-3-6 2.85V)
    Madshrimps (c)

    Corsair 3200LL`s CH5 (Max out at 257 2-3-2-6 3,3V)
    Madshrimps (c)

    Team TXDR1024 2,5-4-4-8 400 BH5 (Max out at 223 2-2-2-5 3,4V)
    Madshrimps (c)

    Timings were set fully manual for each memory kit.

    Benchmarks and Applications used

  • SP2004 by Johnny
  • Memtest86 (Integrated in Bios)
  • Everest Ultimate 2.5
  • Sisoft Sandra
  • Cinebench2003
  • Sciencemark2
  • SuperPi mod1.4
  • 3Dmark03
  • 3Dmark05
  • 3Dmark06
  • Aquamark3
  • HalfLife2 Lost Coast
  • X3 demo

    In all the data tables and performance charts I?ve abbreviated the names of the modules to:

  • Adata UCCC ? Extreme Edition 2x1Gb Kit
  • Team CE5 ? 2x1Gb Kit
  • OCZ TCCD ? Platinum Rev2 2x512Mb Kit
  • Team BH5 - 2x512Mb Kit
  • Corsair CH5 ? LL 2x512Mb Kit
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