KingMAX SuperRAM PC3500 DDR433 Memory Review
The KingMAX name may not be as immediately familiar with enthusiasts as that of other
memory manufacturers, but that doesn't mean it is a brand which should be overlooked. As it
stands, Kingmax have
a small and growing fan base. This, largely because they charged into the market with their unique TinyBGA memory a year ago, at a time when TSOP-II DRAM was still the default
As 2003 has been synonymous for a lull (or recession) in the
computer industry, manufacturers have focused more attention
on plain-jane memory modules even as a small boom was taking place
amongst enthusiasts. With an eye towards satisfying consumer demands for faster
memory, tighter timings, and case-mod friendly appearances, Kingmax have released several varieties of
DDR. The aim of course, is to get some of the spending action.
look at Kingmax's stick of 512MB PC3500 DDR today, it is worthwhile to mention
that KingMAX introduced
its "SuperRAM" line of memory modules earlier this year - debuting at PC3200
speeds. Success came in the form of eight wonderful Winbond BH-6 DRAMs (the same
used in Corsair's XMS3200
), and it was instantly a huge hit with
many people that raved at how well the memory performed, but I wasn't so
lucky after testing out the TinyBGA Kingmax memory that followed...
so I was a bit soured towards trying KingMAX memory again in the future.
a while ago, and today the past is put behind us as we test out a stick of 512MB
PC3500 DDR Kingmax RAM. This is KingMAX's new SuperRAM line,
and it is aimed at the enthusiasts of the computer
The bright red stick that we received for review is a retail sample, but
I've also seen them with yellow and green PCBs as
PC3500 Kingmax module uses DRAM which is labeled as "KingMAX KDL388P4EA-46." By SPD it's
rated to run at 217 MHz with 2.5-4-4-8 timings, with a voltage of just
2.5V. The DRAM have what I assume - many DRAMs are no longer stating
their exact speed - are 4.6ns ratings, as that fits just right into the formula for the
theoretical maximum speed of the DRAM; 1000MHz/4.6ns x 2(DDR) =
512MB DIMM, it is
the perfect opportunity to test how the KingMax memory runs in single channel mode. Please
note that the memory worked just fine with other DIMM's when running in dual channel mode,
so I don't see why the memory wouldn't run in dual channel mode for anyone else...
In any case, on with the benchmarks!