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Mushkin Enhanced PC3200 Special Edition Memory Review

Mushkin Enhanced PC3200 Special Edition Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Now that the focus of enthusiasts and overclockers has shifted squarely onto maintaining low latency, raw clock speed just isn't as important as it seemed.
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External Mfg. Website: Mushkin Jun 15 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Memory Comparison and Conclusion

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UT2003 - 640x480
Flyby FPS Ranking

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 289.15
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400)

299.25

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (200/400)

301.12

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (227/454)

304.27

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 199.41
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 204.1

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (200/400)

204.05

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (236/472)

276.18
Botmatch FPS Ranking

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 92.18
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400)

94.1

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (200/400)

94.23

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (227/454)

95.38

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 65.26
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 67.95

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (200/400)

67.12

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special (236/472)

91.43

The 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.

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

AMD System Results

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev2 2-3-2-6 486 MHz
OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed 2-2-2-5 480 MHz
OCZ PC3500EB Platinum 2.5-2-2-5 460 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition 2-2-2-5 454 MHz
PMI PC4200-512DG 2-3-3-6 434 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400PT 3-4-4-8 410 MHz
OCZ PC4000EL Gold 2.5-4-4-7 406 MHz

Intel System Results

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

Corsair TwinX1024-4400PT 3-4-4-8 550 MHz
OCZ PC4200 EL 2.5-4-4-7 542 MHz
OCZ PC4000EL Gold 2.5-4-4-7 536 MHz
PMI PC4200-512DG 3-4-4-8 526 MHz
GeIL PC4000 Platinum 2.5-4-4-7 520 MHz
Corsair TwinX4000PRO 3-4-4-8 520 MHz
Corsair TwinX4000 3-4-4-8 516 MHz
OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed 2-2-2-5 480 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition 2-2-2-5 472 MHz
OCZ PC3500EB Platinum 2.5-2-2-5 460 MHz
OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev2 2.5-4-4-7 460 MHz

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 overclocker happy!

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4. OCZ PC3200 Platinum LTD Edition Memory Review
5. Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings

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Contents of Article: Mushkin Enhanced PC3200
 Pg 1.  Mushkin Enhanced PC3200 Special Edition Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the Mushkin Enhanced Memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Business Winstone 2002, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Memory Comparison and Conclusion

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