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.
For a 2GB memory kit the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK overclocks
pretty well with loose timings, the 2GB Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT kit comes out
just ahead though.
Summary: The New Minimum RAM
Capacity is 2GBAt the moment 2GB of system memory might seem like a
lot, but all indicators are that it's soon to be the norm. Microsoft Vista will
be the catalyst for change, if certain game titles like Battlefield 2 haven't
already convinced you it's the right way to go.
Users who do want 2GB of system memory will be happy to
know that they do not have to sacrifice much speed for the increased memory
capacity. There are quite a few 2GB high speed memory kits available, and the
latest set from Patriot Memory we tested in this review is certainly quick.
The 2GB Patriot
PDC2G4000ELK memory kit is designed to run at 250 MHz with 2.5-4-4-7 memory
timings which is similar to most other PC4000 DDR memory kits currently
available. With a retail price of $274 CDN ($240 USD, £135 GBP), the Patriot
PDC2G4000ELK memory is fairly priced, backed by a lifetime warranty and covered
with decent tech support.
The Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK modules come with
preinstalled heatspreaders that ran cool most of the time. Overclocking warmed
them up nicely, and we were able to push speeds up to 276 MHz with stock CAS
latency timings. The modules we tested didn't like running with too tight
timings... but they were still quick on the mark in most benchmarks. The
Patriot PDC2G4000ELK memory kept up with previously tested 2GB memory kits like
the OCZ PC4000 Gold and Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT well enough, so while the PDC2G4000ELK
modules are not earth shattering they're still pretty solid in their own right.
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