Facing Off Creme of the Crop DDR2 Memory!

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.

 

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