to see how individual memory stacks up against the competition under stock
configurations, but we're also going to show how it compares when overclocked.
With performance in mind, we're going to compare the maximum overclocked results
of the various DDR2 DIMMs we've tested in the past which are listed below.
Remember, just because memory is clocked fast doesn't mean it's the best thing
for a computer. Timings are also important, and getting the right ratio of both
is the real key to performance based overclocking!
PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 performs very well wouldn't you say? ;-) With tight
4-4-4-10 timings, it is able to hit 1020 MHz barrier, for other DIMMs to reach
the same speed timings had to be relaxed to 5-5-5-12.
RAM and DDR-2 Are Becoming
A key ingredient to
how the AMD Socket AM2 Athlon64 will handle itself is lower latency DDR-2 RAM,
and this is only just now becoming available. After all, the Athlon64
architecture performs better with memory that runs tighter timings, rather than
just high bandwidth.
The Patriot Memory PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 modules are exactly
what AMD will require in a few months' time. This is not to discount Intel,
Pentium 4/D/XE systems also react well to tight timings but it's not as vital
for the Netburst architecture
The Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 is truly remarkable
DDR2 memory, and we can only hope that more vendors in the memory industry
follow this route and release truly awesome lower-latency memory like this. Not
only are the PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 modules able to scale to high speeds, they do
so while running fairly tight timings as far as DDR2 is concerned. We've tested
quite a few DIMMs which can reach 1020 MHz, but the Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK
Rev.2 was the only set thus far that has breached that speed with CL 4-4-4
In the benchmarks the Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 at
worst performed on par with the rest of the memory and at best outperformed the
entire field. Benchmarks like 3DMark05, Doom 3 and Quake 4 say that the Patriot
PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 is some pretty fast DDR2 memory!
The Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 memory but it will be
released at the end of April, and we'll have wait till then to see what kind of
price premium these modules will command. If you plan to pick up some high
performance DDR2 in the near future, the Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK Rev.2 is
definitely going to be worth the wait!
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