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KingMAX PC3200 Memory Review

KingMAX PC3200 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With a street price of $130 CDN ($70 US) for 256MB, it's about $60 CDN cheaper then Corsair's XMS3200 CAS 2. It's even $40 less expensive then bargain barrel OCZ PC3200 DDR memory.
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External Mfg. Website: KingMAX Oct 25 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMarkSE 2001, QIII Arena

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 256MB Crucial PC2700 (133/333 MHz) 11084
2. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (133/333 MHz) 11076
3. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (180/360 MHz) 11638

With the CPU speed approximately the same, we do see a slight performance boost when the FSB is overclocked.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001 (SYSTEM)
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 256MB Crucial PC2700 (133/333 MHz) 286.7
2. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (133/333 MHz) 286.5
3. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (180/360 MHz) 298.1

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo (CPU STRESS)
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 256MB Crucial PC2700 (133/333 MHz) 83.1
2. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (133/333 MHz) 83.1
3. 256MB KingMAX PC3200 (180/360 MHz) 85.8

Quake III Arena shows a small increase from overclocking, but then again, why wouldn't it?

While the KingMAX PC3200 DDR400 memory is inexpensively priced at $130 CDN ($70 US) it just didn't perform very well in the overclocking environment.

Even with SPD settings and several different voltage settings we were not able to hit the basic 200 MHz FSB mark, instead maxing out at 185 MHz. With the most aggressive memory timings the stick of memory was even worse, stopping off at just 180 MHz FSB! This is especially poor considering the PC2700 KingMAX memory we tested earlier was capable of reaching 179 MHz FSB while keeping the fastest memory timings. Even at stock speeds, we needed a voltage supply of 2.7V in order to get the aggressive memory timings to work.

BGA DRAM is a good idea and we do wish more memory manufacturers would adopt this form factor for DRAM since it can help thermally. During testing the KingMAX BGA DRAM didn't really even get warm to the touch at 180 MHz FSB. I know I've said this before, and it should be pretty obvious but, you get what you pay for. The PC3200 KingMAX memory is about $60 CDN cheaper then Corsair's XMS3200 CAS2 memory, and it shows when overclocking.

If you're looking for overclocking memory to run at PC3200 levels you'll want to skip the Kingmax PC3200 DDR400 and look for a module which offers better performance.

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Contents of Article: KingMAX PC3200 DDR
 Pg 1.  KingMAX PC3200 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002, PCMark2002
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: 3DMarkSE 2001, QIII Arena

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