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Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review
Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There are plenty of RAM manufacturers to choose from, but for this review we'll be focusing on a 2GB set of DDR-500 RAM from a company called Patriot Memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Patriot Memory Apr 24 2006   C. Sun  
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Overclocking Results for the Patriot memory

Overclocking Results:
2.5-3-3-6 2.5-4-4-7
memory speed: 247 MHz 276 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

Before we start with the overclocking, the first thing that needs to be done is test how the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK memory runs with tight 2-2-2-5 CAS latency timings. These timings are considered the best possible for DDR, and it serves as a good indication of how much headroom we have to play with later on.

With the timings dialed all the way down the computer would POST, but it couldn't boot into Windows no matter the voltage that was used. Relaxing the timings to 2.5-3-3-6 allowed the system to load up Windows XP and run benchmarks.

With aggressive CAS Latency timings of 2.5-3-3-6, the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK memory achieved a maximum overclocked speed of 247 MHz. All in all that's pretty good for 2GB memory kit. Next we loosened the timings to 2.5-4-4-7, and that permitted the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK modules to overclock much higher. With the memory being fed 2.8V, the clock speed was overclocked in small 5 MHz intervals.

Ultimately, overclocking the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK memory like this allowed it to just break past the 275 MHz barrier, before maxing out at 276 MHz. Any speeds higher caused stability issues, and increasing the voltage did not help, nor did loosening timings further.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK 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 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

amd Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
9 x 276 MHz = 2.48 GHz





Memory: 2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK

2x 512MB Patriot PDC1G5600ELK
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200
2x 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-4400 Pro
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-400PT

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 7.40
nVIDIA Forceware 84.20


Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
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 512MB Patriot PEP5125600ELK PC5600 (200/400) 31.7
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200 (200/400) 32.3
2x 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (200/400) 32.5
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-4400 Pro (200/400) 32.7
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT (200/400) 32.1
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK (200/400) 31.8
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK (276/552) 33.8
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
2x 512MB Patriot PEP5125600ELK PC5600 (200/400) 39.7
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200 (200/400) 39.6
2x 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (200/400) 39.5
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-4400 Pro (200/400) 39.5
2x 1024MB Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT (200/400) 39.7
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK (200/400) 39.8
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK (276/552) 42.1

At stock speeds the Patriot PDC2G4000ELK memory performs on par with similarly paced modules. It results in Winstone are in line with the other 2GB DDR memory kits.

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Contents of Article: Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK
 Pg 1.  Patriot Memory PDC2G4000ELK 2GB Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking Results for the Patriot memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Quake 4, Battlefield 2
 Pg 6.  Maximum Overclocking Chart and Conclusions

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