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 PCSTATS' test bench. All memory was tested at
its most lax timings as well as its most aggressive. In terms of best overall
overclocking performance, PCStats currently gives more weight to the combination
of moderately high speeds and low latencies (2-2-2-5) than high speeds at the
expense of latency timings.
mentioned earlier, the Patriot PDC1G5600ELK does really offer the best of both
worlds. It is able to scale fairly high with tight timings hitting a nice 247
MHz mark, loosen those timings up a bit and the memory achieves a remarkable 674
MHz! Of course, Patriot Memory rates the PDC1G5600ELK DDR at 700 MHz but for
some reason we were not able to reach that level. Still the results we did
achieve are pretty impressive.
Red Hot Patriot
If you are only interested in speed, Patriot has the
memory for you. Its new PDC1G5600ELK modules have a default rating of PC5600 and
that equals to DDR700 speeds! Timings are very lax at 3-5-5-9-2T, however there
is not anything faster on the market known to us.
With its unique
heatspreaders, the Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 DDR looks quite nice and would
definitely compliment a case modder's computer. The aluminum heatspreaders are
not there simply for looks, these days high speed DDR memory with high voltages
can get extremely hot, and active cooling is recommended with several
The Patriot Memory PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 DDR performed very
well in the overclocking tests and were able to hit a very respectable 247 MHz
with tight 2-3-2-5-1T memory timings. The system refused to boot into the OS
with a Trcd setting of 2, but that timing does not affect overall performance
too much. Loosening up the memory timings to the manufacturer recommended
settings of 3-5-5-9 enabled the memory to fly to a speed 337 MHz; although the
memory is supposed to reach 350 MHz. Something held us back, but it's hard to
say what that was...
Performance of the (2x512MB) 1GB Patriot Memory
PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 DDR modules was very good overall, and gamers are the ones
who would get the most benefit from this type of RAM. Overclocking for 2D office
applications does little for overall performance as you can imagine.
A 1GB set of the Patriot Memory PDC1G5600ELK DDR modules
retails for about $230USD ($270CDN) but Patriot has
traditionally priced its memory quite aggressively. If you are looking for some
lightning quick memory for your high performance Athlon64 system, the Patriot
Memory PDC1G5600ELK is certainly worth close consideration.
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