Kingston PC1066 RDRAM Memory Review
For users who
want absolute top performance, there really are just a few memory options to choose from. Currently, the Intel Pentium
4 processor is the undisputed king of performance and the only
thing that can keep a 533 MHz FSB P4 happy is PC1066
RIMM's are so popular right now that Kingston themselves didn't have
any to spare. We turned to Mushkin, an online memory reseller, and for
about $400 USD we received two 256MB sticks of PC1066 RDRAM a few days later.
As usual, Mushkin shipped
out the memory in their nifty "air bubble" packing. This
is a pretty ingenious method of safeguarding memory from the likes of overzealous
FedEX drivers. After deflating the Mushkin bubble we found our two sticks of
Kingston ValueRam safe and sound, and ready to go.
Mushkin doesn't manufacturer their own memory, so they simply stuck a sticker
on the 256MB PC1066 modules of Kingston ValueRam. The code on the side of the RIMM
says KVR1066x16-8/256 and the "1066x16" bit means that this memory is rated to run
at up to PC1066 standards and that the memory is 16 bits wide.
means that the RIMM uses 8 DRAM modules, and the "256" represents the module
size. The little yellow diagram is actually telling the truth, the Kingston PC1066 reached about 40-50C during
the testing. While I'm not sure if adding a fan is really going to bring the temperature down
into a more stable region, it did offer a bit of piece of mind -
so we did just that and it helped keep the memory in more acceptable temperatures.