great 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 DDR-2 memory modules PCSTATS has 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!
* - denotes tested on the ECS
PN2 SLI2+ platform
The PNY XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 does pretty well here wouldn't
you say? In both tight and lax timing overclocking the PNY memory sits in the
top third of the pack. Considering its price, and the XLR8 D22GX85XL-5's
overclocking ability, this PNY memory should be a no brainer.
PNY's in the
PNY's XLR8 memory line is almost as fast as anything
that Corsair, Mushkin or Patriot have available. Top that off with aggressive
pricing, and RAM that's available through the PNY website and you've got
yourself a pretty good enthusiast memory manufacturer to deal with.
The PNY XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 is targeted towards the
mainstream overclocker who wants more performance than generic memory offers,
but does not want to blow a ton of cash. With a retail price of $234
CDN ($219 USD, £110 GBP), for 2GB of PC2-8500 RAM, this memory fits the bill
on both fronts.
With the PNY D22GX85XL-5, you get a 2GB set of memory
which is guaranteed to run at 1066 MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings at a voltage of
2.2V. In the D22GX85XL-5's case those values would be very conservative. ;-) PNY
also places custom aluminum heatspreaders on its memory modules. In terms of
performance, the benchmarks indicated that PNY's D22GX85XL-5 are pretty darn
fast even at DDR2-800 speeds. That's mainly thanks to its ability to run with
tighter 4-4-4-12 memory timings. When it comes to overclocking that's where the
D22GX85XL-5 really excels.
With 4-4-4-12 memory timings and 2.2V, the PNY D22GX85XL-5
was able to overclock to a respectable 1120 MHz. When timings are loosened up to
5-5-5-15, the PNY memory reached 1220 MHz with 2.3V. The dual core Intel Core 2
Duo E6600 processor probably doesn't have enough power to take advantage of the
extra bandwidth, but that will play a bigger role when quad core processors
PNY's enthusiast memory is good news for anyone who
likes to push their computers to the limit. This 2GB kit of PC2-8500 RAM is
priced nicely and so on the whole PNY's XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 is pretty good RAM.
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