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Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review

Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Corsair's TwinX1024-4000Pro memory modules are easily the coolest looking DIMM's on the market, bar none.
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External Mfg. Website: Corsair Sep 15 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > Corsair Twinx1024-4000Pro

Overclocking Corsair CMX512-4000Pro DDR

To meet the demands of faster and faster DDR, PCStats has recently moved to a new AMD test motherboard. Where we used to test memory with the Epox 8RGA+, we are now using the Albatron's KX18D Pro II as it is able to reach the higher numbers with greater ease.

Anyway we plugged the Corsair CMX512-4000Pro memory in, and as with the older CMX512-4000 modules we were only able to run the memory with aggressive timings of 2-3-3-6.

Starting at 200 MHz we began to raise the FSB slowly. At 213 MHz we ran into a few stability problems and raised the memory voltage to 2.8V solve them (remember 2.75V is the default voltage for this memory).

At 220 MHz we again ran into a few more problems but going to 2.9V solved things. With the AMD test system we were able to hit a maximum speed of 225 MHz FSB while maintaining 2-3-3-6 timings which is not that bad, but far from the memory's 250 MHz rating (at 3-4-4-8). Loosening the timings to 3-4-4-8 didn't help us overclock any higher curiously.

We had some high hopes with the memory for our Intel test system. Unfortunately no matter what I tried I could only get the memory to function properly at 3-4-4-8 with PAT enabled on an Abit IS7 motherboard. It was no surprise that the Corsair CMX512-4000Pro memory ran at 250MHz flawlessly. Increasing the speed in nice even 2 MHz intervals, the memory topped out at a maximum of 260 MHz on the Intel test system.

PCStats Test System #1 Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

AthlonXP 3200+

Clock Speed:

11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz

10 x 225 MHz = 2.25 GHz

Motherboards:

Albatron KX18D Pro II

Chipsets:

nForce2 Ultra 400

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro (325/620)

Memory:

2x 512B Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro*

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed.
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce2 2.03
Catalyst 3.5

Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - Memory was running with 2-3-3-6 timings for all benchmarks!

PCStats Test System #2 Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 2.4C

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

12 x 260 MHz = 3.12 GHz

Motherboards:

Abit IS7

Chipsets:

i865PE

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro (380/680)

Memory:

2x 512B Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro**

Hard Drive: 20GB WD 7200 RPM
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta
PowerSupply: PC P&C 510 Turbo Cool
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel 5.00.1012
Catalyst 3.5

** - Memory was running 3-4-4-8 for all Intel benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Corsair Twinx1024-4000Pro
 Pg 1.  Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Improved Passive Cooling
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking Corsair CMX512-4000Pro DDR
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2003, PCmark 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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