DDR2 Memory Roundup Autumn 2007

Memory by thorgal @ 2007-12-14

As two different platforms do not treat memory in the same way, let´s swap motherboards and user a new test system. In this second part of our DDR2 roundup we continue our stress test with a DFI 680i based board. Find out how different nVidia´s 680i chipset clocks your ram in the following review, and see if the latest memory kits can threaten our previous champions

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The old revisited

OCZ PC9200 Flex XLC

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The first OCZ Flex XLC kit to be tested in our testlab was of course the PC9200 kit. We got some fond memories of this product as it has been the best performing cas 5 memory on the P965 platform, tested here to date.

For reference, its specifications:

  • 1150MHz DDR2
  • Latencies : 5-5-5-18 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • 240pin DIMM
  • Parity : Unbuffered
  • Flex XLC heatsink with 2x 1/4" barbs
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Operating voltage : 2.35 Volts
  • EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) : 2.4V ±5%
  • Memory size : 2x 1024Mb

    Teamgroup Xtreem PC6400C3

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    front of the module, with specifications

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    back of the module, with serial number

    The Team Group Xtreem kits have made a spectacular showing on the European front : a year ago they were hardly known, and today they remain one of the most looked after enthusiast's memory kits. The fact that they guarantee micron chips on board of their Xtreem parts might have something to do with that. The Xtreem PC6400C3 kit was our best performing kit on P965 for a long time, and still is our highest ranked cas 4 kit, for P965 that is.

    The specs once more :
  • Rated speed : PC2-6400/800MHz
  • Rated timings : 3-3-3-8 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • Layout : 64x8 DDR2 FBGA Chips
  • 240pin DDR2 dimm
  • Parity : Non-ECC, Un-buffered
  • Aluminum Heat-spreader
  • 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB
  • Warranted voltage : 2.2V - 2.35V
  • Programmed EPP settings
  • Lifetime Warranty

    OCZ PC8500 Reaper HPC

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    Priced as a midrange kit, but equipped with genuine Micron ram, these rams are excellent performers on stock voltage, and scale exceptionally well with additional voltage. They have the cooling to keep them healthy, and are not too bad looking as well ;-)

    Their specifications :
  • 1066MHz DDR2
  • Latencies : 5-5-5-15 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • nVidia EPP certified
  • 240pin DIMM
  • Parity : Unbuffered
  • Reaper HPC heatsink
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Operating voltage : 2.3 Volts
  • EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) : 2.35V ±5%
  • Memory size : 2x 1024Mb

    Corsair Dominator PC8888C4F

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    Front side look, with the description of the modules

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    Back of the modules, as pretty as the front side

    After more than a year, the Corsair Dominator PC8888 is still the highest rated cas 4 kit available, from any manufacturer! That alone would be reason enough to include them in our roundup, but more than that they were the best performing cas 3 kit of our P965 roundup as well.

  • Tested at EPP SPD settings (4-4-4-12-2T ) at 2.4V at 1111MHz
  • SPD programmed at: JEDEC standard 5-5-5-18 values at 800MHz
  • EPP standard 4-4-4-12-2T, 2.4V values
  • 2048 Megabytes of DDR2 memory
  • Two matched CM2X1024-8888C4D modules
  • Corsair 's proprietary DHX technology
  • SPD includes Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) which allow automatic overclocking to aggressive performance settings.
  • Comes with Dominator Air flow Fan for maximum thermal transfer
  • Lifetime Warranty

    Before we get to the results, let's have a look at our test setup, the test methodology and the benchmark suite >>>

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    Comment from Massman @ 2007/12/15
    Excellent write-up, Thorgal
    Comment from thorgal @ 2007/12/15
    Originally Posted by Massman View Post
    Excellent write-up, Thorgal
    Thanks Massie !

    Better late than never I guess, but doing a roundup like this always takes more time than expected.
    Comment from Oscar @ 2007/12/15
    Excellent review, thorgal ! I especially like the "Value for Money" section at the end. It's what a lot of reviews at other websites are lacking.

    I was wondering whether MadShrimps would consider including RAM from Patriot Memory for review in the future? I have heard great things about them from time to time.
    Comment from maher @ 2007/12/16
    excellent job but that memorys are out my range so I just can look and hope.............
    Comment from thorgal @ 2007/12/16
    Originally Posted by maher View Post
    excellent job but that memorys are out my range so I just can look and hope.............
    Stay tuned then, because we just might have a give-away coming up that might interest you
    Comment from maher @ 2007/12/17
    can't wait