ava Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

DDR2 Memory has gone full blast rcently as AMD moves to AM2 and Intel’s upcoming Conroe CPU picking up a huge amount of attention. We compare 3 pairs of High-speed DDR2 Memory to find the creme of the crop!

DDR2 Memory has gone full blast rcently as AMD moves to AM2 and Intel’s upcoming Conroe CPU picking up a huge amount of attention. We compare 3 pairs of High-speed DDR2 Memory to find the creme of the crop!

9 Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

10 Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

The 3 pairs of Premium DDR2 Memory: Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5, CM2X1024-6400C3, and GSkill F2-8500PHU2-2GBHZ.

 

The 2 x 1GB Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 is rated at DDR2 1066MHz with CAS Latency timings 5-5-5-15.

The 2 x 1GB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 is rated at DDR2 800MHz with CAS Latency timings 3-3-3-5.

The 2 x 1GB GSkill F2-8500PHU2-2GBHZ is rated at DDR2 1066MHz with CAS Latency timings 4-4-4-5. All 3 pairs are rated to run at 2.2v to 2.3v Memory Voltage.

The 2 pairs of Corsair Memory are EPP Enhanced modules.

 

We tested them on a AMD AM2 platform, watercooled at the CPU, FX62.

1 Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

 

 AMD AM2 FX62
MotherboardASUS M2N32 SLI
RAMCorsair CM2X1024-8500C5Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3GSkill F2-8500PHU2-2GBHZ
PSUSilverStone ZEUS ST75ZF
HDDHitachi DeskStar 7200RPM/8MB SATA
GFXXperVision 7600GT

 

 

The FX62 had it’s heatspreader removed to improve thermal transfer:

1a Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

2a Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

I used a modified Vostok water-cooling kit to cool the CPU.

I also voltage modified the ASUS M2N32 SLI Motherboard at the Memory voltage so as to see how far I can push these Memory. The simple pencil modification can be read here.