Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's
multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine
technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond
the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as
Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the
most out of the game.
Pentium4 system gets more of a
performance boost here, while the Athlon64 system seems to stay about the same with
the Mushkin DDR.
Maximum DDR Overclocking Tests
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.
With the Athlon64 system the Mushkin memory performs around
the middle of the pack (which is very good). Remember that on AMD systems,
timings play a very critical role in overall system performance! On the Intel
side of things, the Mushkin memory is near the bottom, but it's still pretty good overall.
Mushkin's Nice Low Latency Memory
Many manufacturers have picked up on the marketability
of low latency DDR, and are now releasing new PC3200 capable memory which can
run with tight timings. The Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition memory PCstats tested here
is able to run with 2-2-2-5 timings, at 200 MHz, with a vDIMM of
2.5V. This makes this memory ideal for both Intel and AMD systems.
Under the black aluminum
armor, we find this Mushkin memory populated with Winbond BH-6 DRAMs. Now don't get all excited
about the 6ns rating on the memory, overclockers have shown for a
while that Winbond BH-6 can run well above 200 MHz with only a
modest voltage increase. As was the case here.
Performance of the Mushkin Enhanced Special PC3200 2-2-2
memory was quite good if you only plan to run your system at stock speeds. If you're
looking to overclock with a vDIMM of 2.8V, our Athlon64 test system was able to hit a
decent 227 MHz FSB, while the Intel rig reached 236 MHz FSB. Just for fun, we applied (an insane) 3.5V
the Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition memory, and were able to push it to an amazing
255 MHz while running 2-2-2-5 timings! Not too shabby, but not something I'd recommend you try!
With a sticker price of $449 CDN ($334 US) for a set of two
512MB modules of Mushkin's PC3200 Special Edition memory, it is
actually quite affordable when compared to prices of other low latency PC3200 memory
on the market. Bottom line, if you're looking for some low latency memory
look no further. The Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition will surely keep every
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