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SyncMAX PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Express Memory Review

SyncMAX PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Express Memory Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: High end memory, like high end graphics cards is considered a luxury item in the world of computers, so what do you do when you need memory for a simple workstation computer?
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External Mfg. Website: SyncMAX Jun 20 2006   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > SyncMAX PC2-5300

SyncMAX Overclocking

Overclocking Results:
4-4-4-10 5-5-5-15
Memory Speed: 254 MHz 226 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

For the overclocking test, the first thing I tried with the SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express memory was set the memory controller to run the memory at DDR2-800 levels. While the system would POST, it would not boot into WindowsXP. A rapid voltage increase from 1.8V to 2.1V solved that issue. Not bad so far, remembering that this memory is really only rated to run at DDR2-667 levels!

Keeping the default 4-4-4-10 CAS latency memory timings, I decided to push the memory onward at a slower pace, only jumping up at 2-4 MHz intervals. Unfortunately with 2.1V the memory didn't go much further and sputtered out at a maximum speed of 210 MHz. Converted to DDR2 speeds, that's 840 MHz which is definitely not bad for a mainstream part like the SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express memory!

I also tried loosening up the memory timings to 5-5-5-15 to see how much further the SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express would run in that plane. Starting at the 210 MHz mark and going up 2-4 MHz, the memory reached 226 MHz motherboard clock speed, or 904 MHz memory clock speed. Mighty impressive considering that this is mainstream level gear.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express memory test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this pair of DDR-2 memory is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 FX-62

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz
11 x 254 MHz = 2.78 GHz

Motherboards:

Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard:

MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

Memory: 2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express

2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 9.34
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Benchmarks:

Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
Doom 3
Quake 4
Battlefield 2

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

Office Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 36.2
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 36.3
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 36.3
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 36.8
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/667) 33.7
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (210/840) 36.8
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 46.3
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 46.7
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 46.2
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 47.3
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/667) 44.6
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (210/840) 48.2

At stock settings the SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express memory performs lower, but not by a whole lot. In fact I doubt whether users would even notice when using workstation style applications.

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Contents of Article: SyncMAX PC2-5300
 Pg 1.  SyncMAX PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Express Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — SyncMAX Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Battlefield 2

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