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Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Review

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Corsair's new 2GB TwinX2048-4000PT DDR500 RAM kit is rated to run at speeds of up to 250 MHz, who says you had to sacrifice speed for higher capacity?
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External Mfg. Website: Corsair Dec 13 2005   Colin Sun  
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Max memory overclocking and Conclusions

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.

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

Maximum Speed w/ Low Latency

Module Memory Size

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

OCZ PC4000 Gold DC VX 512 MB 2-2-2-5 536 MHz
Mushkin HP3200 Redline 512 MB 2-2-2-5 522 MHz
PDP PDC1G3200+XBLK PC3200 512 MB 2-2-2-5

512 MHz

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT 1024MB 2.5-3-3-6 510 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 512 MB 2-2-2-5 508 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT 512 MB 2-2-2-5 506 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 512 MB 2-2-2-5 504 MHz
OCZ PC3500 Gold GX 512 MB 2-2-2-5 500 MHz
Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 512 MB 2-3-2-5 494 MHz
Centon GEMiNi PC3200 512 MB 2-2-2-5 492 MHz
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 512 MB 2-2-2-5 474 MHz
OCZ PC4800 Platinum 512 MB 2-2-2-5 468 MHz
Corsair TwinX2048-4400 Pro 1024 MB 2-2-2-5 446 MHz
Corsair Xpert Memory PC3200 512 MB 2-2-2-5 442 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold 1024 MB 2.5-3-3-6 424 MHz

Maximum Speed

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 512 MB 3-5-5-9 674 MHz
OCZ PC4800 Platinum 512 MB 2.5-4-4-10 636 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT 512 MB 2.5-4-4-8 624 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 512 MB 3-4-4-8 614 MHz
PDP PDC1G3200+XBLK PC3200 512 MB 3-4-4-8 610 MHz
Centon GEMiNi PC3200 512 MB 3-3-3-9 604 MHz
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 512 MB 3-4-4-8 594 MHz
Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT 1024 MB 3-4-4-8 580 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 512 MB 3-4-4-8 574 MHz
Corsair TwinX2048-4400 Pro 1024 MB 3-4-4-8 568 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold DC VX 512 MB 3-4-4-8 566 MHz
Mushkin HP3200 Redline 512 MB 3-4-4-8 552 MHz
OCZ PC3500 Gold GX 512 MB 3-4-4-8 514 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold 1024 MB 3-4-4-8 506 MHz
Corsair Xpert Memory PC3200 512 MB 2.5-3-3-6 470 MHz

Higher density DIMMs tend to be more difficult to overclock than 512MB modules. The Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT 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 options.

Conclusions

With 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 dual channel Corsair TwinX1024-4000PT DDR memory modules are able to run with moderately tight 2.5-3-3-6 memory timings. If you're an overclocker though, the memory is rated to run at 250 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 255 MHz with tighter timings, and 290 MHz with default timings (3-4-4-8) in our labs.

Experts Tip: Dominant Overclocking Modules
Dual channel DDR memory overclocking on Athlon64 platforms can become a little tricky at times because there is generally always one memory module that is stronger at overclocking than the other. To find out which memory module is the dominant overclocker in a pair of dual channel DDR, do the usual memory/timing tests with each individual stick alone, in single channel mode. Note which module overclocks less, and when running in a dual channel configuration place that module in the DIMM slot closest to the processor. Rumor has it that the memory channel closest to the processor allegedly handles the weaker overcloking memory better than the outer slot. Does this work for you? Please let us know in the PCStats forums.
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With applications and games using up more system resources, the transition towards 2GB of system memory is upon us. For enthusiasts, memory like the Corsair TwinX2048-400PT just makes that move easier. Of course enthusiasts who want the best always have to pay a price premium and with a retail price of $276 CDN ($230 US), the memory is priced a bit higher than generic DDR memory.

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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Contents of Article: Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT
 Pg 1.  Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  PCSTATS Memory Test Methodology and benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark04. PCMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Battlefield 2
 Pg 7.  — Max memory overclocking and Conclusions

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