It's great to see how individual memory stacks up against one another under
stock configuration, but we're also going to show how they stack up to each
other when overclocked. The results are listed below for some of the recent
memory to cross our test bench. The higher the speed, the better.
I've said this before and I'll say it again, if you're an AMD user
do yourself a favor and get yourself some low latency memory. Running the PMI PC4200-512DG
DDR memory on an Intel system seems pretty run of the mill, not the best; but
definitely not bad either.
There's really not much difference between the various PC4200 DIMM's
on the market, as virtually all manufacturers buy their high end DRAM from
the same company; Hynix. Based on the benchmarks we've shown, the PMI
PC4200-512DG DDR memory easily performs just as well as the better known brand
With a lifetime warranty backing up this memory, it's rated to run at 250 MHz with timings of 3-4-4-8 and
a voltage of 2.75V. PMI wrap the DDR in gold plated heatspreaders, which always looks nice
even if it doesn't do much in terms of cooling.
Upon removing the heat spreaders we found that PMI
is using Hynix HY5DU56822CT-D5 DRAM, not what we were
expecting to see... but it performed like all other high speed DIMM's so that's
a bonus. We were pleased to see that the PC4200-512DG DDR memory performed relatively
well on the Athlon64 system, being able to hit 217 MHz. On the Intel
test rig, we were able to go as high as 263 MHz, not bad for PC4200 rated
memory. Intel overclockers will be happy to know that the memory did not have
any problems running with the 5:4 or 3:2 memory divider.
The PMI PC4200-512DG kit (2x 256MB
modules) retails for approx. $170USD online, which is pretty aggressively priced
compared to the competition. If you're a Pentium 4 user who's looking for
some new overclocking memory the PMI PC4200-512DG will not disappoint.
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