great to see how individual memory modules stack up against one another under
stock configuration, but we're also going to show how they compare when
overclocked. The overclocking results are listed below for all the memory
modules that have recently crossed our test bench. The higher the speed on the
Intel platform, the better. The higher the speed on the AMD platform with lower
the latencies, the better.
TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 is not the best memory for overclocking headroom,
but it gives a respectable showing for the money. More notable was the
performance boost our Intel test bed received when it was overclocked with this
memory. Scores were a fair bit higher than we had expected, which was
interesting to see. Could be good news for Intel fans looking for a memory
Performance on a budget
TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 DDR modules are not intended to function at
aggressive memory timings, and they can't. Both our Athlon64 and Pentium 4 test
systems refused to boot with the timings set to 2-2-2-5. Ultra-low latency is
not the target of this TwinMOS product, and at its standard speeds of 2.5-3-3-8
they provide good performance to both Intel and AMD systems.
In all of
our benchmarks, the Twinmos Speed Premium PC3200 memory was in lockstep
with the other tested memory modules at stock speeds. Overclocked performance
was notable with our Pentium 4 system, which received a larger boost than the
mediocre overclocked speed of the memory (490MHz) would suggest. This could be
due to the fact that we were using the memory's default 2.5-3-3-8 timings as
opposed to the looser 3-4-4-8 timing that many of the highest Intel overclocking
memory modules need to use.
price of about USD$160 (CAN$195), the TwinMOS Speed
Premium PC3200 memory modules represent excellent value! If you are in the
market for a pair of dual-channel PC3200 DDR memory modules and you are not
worried about flashy lights and heatspreaders, you would do well to consider
this kit from Twinmos.
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