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.
density DIMMs tend to be more difficult to overclock than 512MB modules. The
Corsair TwinX2048-4400 PRO memory does well here relative to other 1GB modules
we have tested. If you're a hardcore gamer, 2GB of memory is certainly looking
like the way of the future, and its nice to see that there are
games like Battlefield 2 demanding upwards of 600-800MB of system memory, that
leaves very little for the OS and other applications that might be running in
the background. This is generally why 2GB RAM modules show such a lead in this
benchmark. If you would like to test your system with Battlefield 2, you can
learn how to benchmark it here.
At 200 MHz the Corsair TwinX2048-4400 PRO PC4400 DDR
memory is able to run with tight 2-2-2-5 memory timings. If you're an
overclocker though, the memory is rated to run at 275 MHz with 3-4-4-8 timings
as long as the supporting hardware is capable. The units we tested had no
problems achieving a speed of 223 MHz with tight timings (2-2-2-5), and 284 MHz
with default timings (3-4-4-8) in our labs. Top that off with some wicked
indicator LEDs and you have a set of 2GB PC4000 DRR modules that are smoking
Unfortunately we have no pricing info on the Corsair
TwinX2048-4400 Pro kit, as it is not quite available yet. Judging by the results
we've seen here though, these modules are a good choice for anyone looking to
make the 2GB transition, but who still want to overclock their memory for that
'extra' performance edge.
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