PDP Systems Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK DDR Memory Review
There's somewhat of a shootout going on in the high-end memory world, with several companies attempting to grab a share of the enthusiast
memory market. Corsair, Mushkin, OCZ, Crucial, PDP and all
the rest are forced to compete on a level playing field, since memory
technology has been pretty much stagnant for the last few years. With
no technological advantage to be had, it's all about quality,
value, and overclockability.
Recently we've reviewed several excellent dual-channel memory kits by the major manufacturers, and found them to be uniformly high quality, which is good
news for the consumer. There's always room for one more
memory review though!
article, PCstats will be evaluating one of PDP System's
newest Patriot Dual-channel DDR memory kits, the
PDC1G3200+XBLK; really rolls off the tongue doesn't it? Jokes about
the name aside (and really, every memory manufacturer these days seems to use
unnecessarily long strings of numbers and letters to name their products), this
is a pretty impressive looking kit, promising decent overclockability right
on the label!
||PDP Systems PDC1G3200+ XBLK
According to the PDP Systems the pair of 512MB
PC3200 DDR memory modules included in the PDC1G3200+XBLK kit are capable of
2-2-2-5 memory timings at their stock 200MHz speed, and can run up to 266MHz at
a loose 3-4-4-8 timing. It's nice of PDP to tell us what to expect right
on the packaging! We'll see how the memory measures up to these numbers in
a little while. The PDC1G3200+XBLK kit is not PDP System's highest
performing Patriot memory kit, but it occupies a nice middle ground between
performance and price.
Like most DDR modules PCstats' has
reviewed recently, these PDP Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK sticks are equipped with aluminium heat spreaders,
which mainly protect the individual memory chips from physical damage. Here they are a
snazzy go-faster red, which might bode well for overclocking... As the PDC1G3200+XBLK modules
use conventional TSOP-II packaging, we were able to pry the heatspreaders off
and have a look underneath.
the two memory modules in the kit is composed of 64 64Mbit
DRAM chips, giving a total of 512MB of memory on
each stick. The memory chips are Samsung K4H560838F-TCCD chips. The memory modules themselves come with
a lifetime warranty from PDP Systems.