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Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review

Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There are plenty of RAM manufacturers to choose from, but for this review we'll be focusing on a 2GB set of DDR-500 RAM from a company called Patriot Memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Patriot Memory Apr 24 2006   Colin Sun  
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Maximum Overclocking Chart 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
Patriot PDC2G4000ELK 1024MB 2.5-3-3-6 494 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
Patriot PDC2G4000ELK 1024MB 2.5-4-4-7 552 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

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 2GB

At 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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Contents of Article: Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK
 Pg 1.  Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking Results for the Patriot memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Quake 4, Battlefield 2
 Pg 6.  — Maximum Overclocking Chart and Conclusions

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