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Samsung PC800 RDRAM RIMM Memory Review
Samsung PC800 RDRAM RIMM Memory  Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Unlike DDR, purchasing RDRAM is a little more tedious. Users of RDRAM must buy them in matching pairs.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 16 2002   C. Sun  
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Conclusions on PC800 RDRAM

When originally introduced, RDRAM quite redundant and pretty much useless as the Pentium 3 couldn't take advantage of the added memory bandwidth. With the Pentium 4 things are totally different. SDRAM with has a rather puny 1.08 GB/s worth of bandwidth and can't keep a P4 which requires 3.2 GB/s happy. Currently only PC800 RDRAM can do that.

With two sticks of 128MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM retailing for about $140 CDN each, it's just a tad more expensive then quality 256MB PC2100 DDR RAM. The RIMMS do have a heat spreader to help cool things down but during testing even with the memory running at a 112 MHz FSB the memory didn't generate that much heat.

From what we've seen so far, Pentium 4's and RDRAM are still among the best of buddies, and the Samsung RIMM's performed fairly well in this regard. Overclockability was good, but not out of the ordinary.

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Contents of Article: Samsung PC800 RDRAM
 Pg 1.  Samsung PC800 RDRAM RIMM Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Test Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark 2002
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark 2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 5.  — Conclusions on PC800 RDRAM

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