TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 DDR Review
Most of the dual-channel DDR memory kits on the marketplace are aimed at hardcore enthusiasts
and overclockers; users with money to burn. Agressive timings, shiny heatspreaders
and even banks of LED lights are the order of the day. You have to wonder
how many high-end products this market can possibly support though, with all
these 'extreme' memory products competing for a sparse amount of performance users.
The vast majority of memory
purchased (in North America at least) is still bought in ones or twos 'white
boxed' at retail stores. This is more economical for the end user, but
not ideal for today's dual-channel motherboards which demand absolutely identical memory
to provide the best performance.
With this said, it would not be surprising to see
more 'mainstream' dual channel DDR kits come onto the market, lacking the bells
and whistles of the high-end stuff, but providing the guaranteed compatibility
that dual-channel users crave.
||Twinmos PC3200 Speed Premium
next couple pages PCSTATS will be taking a look at the 'Speed Premium'
PC3200 dual channel DDR memory kit by TwinMOS.
DDR dual channel kit features a pair of PC3200 512MB DDR modules with
CAS timings of 2.5-3-3-8. Though not aimed at the extreme overclocker or
performance enthusiast, this package looks to offer decent dual-channel
performance at a price that won't cause pain.
Unlike most dual-channel kits on the marketplace, these TwinMOS modules do not
come equipped with any heatspreaders. This should not be taken
as a negative though. Heatspreaders are not necessary to cool conventional
DDR memory, since the ambient air in the case currently provides more than
enough heat transfer.
Memory modules that use BGA packaging
generally require heatspreaders for protection, since their memory chips
are very fragile, but since these Speed Premium 512MB modules use the standard
TSOP II packaging this is not an issue. Remember, this is straight DDR, not
Each PC3200 DDR module features 16 32MB Twinmos TMD7608F8E44D memory chips. The modules themselves
come with a lifetime warranty from TwinMOS.