Max Memory Overclocking Chart and
It's 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 ECS PN2 SLI2+ platform
** Retested PNY D22GX93XLP-5 Memory
When it comes to high latency testing, the previous PNY
D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 memory performed pretty well and the new set of memory were
also able to hit high speeds. The new set bests the old by an additional 40 MHz
which allows it to reach 1320 MHz and is the fastest speed PCSTATS has ever
reached with DDR2 memory. In low latency testing the D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 is able
to reach a very respectable 1160 MHz. Anyway you put it, the PNY D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 is pretty darn
I receive a lot of emails from novice
computer enthusiasts asking why people spend such large sums of money on memory
when overclocking often barely affects performance. System memory can be thought
of as a piece of hardware that supports your overclocking. By that I mean good
memory will allow you to clock the motherboard higher and thus processor at a
higher speed. Also as a CPU speed increases, it requires more and more bandwidth
which is provided by the faster memory.
Slow memory on the other hand will
limit how high a motherboard can reach and thus give you a lower overall CPU
speed. Even if you use a lower memory divider to get around this particular
issue, the next problem is that the processor and system will quickly outrun the
memory's ability provide the various components in the computer with
D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 Performance Edition memory is pretty swanky. In terms of
performance, well you saw it in the benchmarks... The PNY D22GX93XLP-5 RAM is
pretty darn fast. The XLR8 Performance Edition DIMMs really shine when
overclocked, hitting 1170 MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings and 1320 MHz with 5-5-5-15
memory timings! For some reason though our initial set of memory would only run
with lax timings and it hit 1280 MHz which isn't half bad either.
By default the PNY D22GX93XLP-5 is
rated to run at DDR2-1173 speeds with 2.2V. Increasing the voltage allowed
PCSTATS to run the PNY memory at a blistering 1280 MHz! With a retail price of
at $340 CDN ($310 US, £157 GBP) the PNY D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8
Performance Edition memory is pretty aggressively priced.
The PNY memory supports EPP so if
you're a newbie simply stick the memory into your SLI Ready memory compatible
motherboard and let it do the rest!
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