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PDP Systems Dual Channel PC3200 2x256MB

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by X_Gamer7, Sep 3, 2004.

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    Retail: $90
    Advertised Timings: 2-3-2-5

    The first thing I noticed when I recieved the memory sticks is that the heatspreaders are very nicely colored, and look really nice in a well lit case. The installation was like any other memory module, "align, push, snap".

    When I first entered the BIOS, they were set at Dual Channel mode, and 200MHz. But, then I noticed something wrong. The timings were at 2.5-3-3-7. Definately not as advertised 2-3-2-5. So I changed the values manually myself to the correct timings, restarted the computer....beep....beep...beep, signaling that there was something wrong with the memory. So, I tried to lower the MHz a little bit to 190, to my satisfaction, it worked. I kept testing them, and the timings then also worked all the way up to about 197MHz (stable) and 199MHz (not so stable). I was very dissapointed with this, but I had to deal with it.

    Now as far as overclocking goes, these are not what you are looking for. Get the pc3700 or pc4000 version if you want to overclock. Right now, the most stable I can get these at are 3-4-4-12 at 212MHz. They just wont go any higher, no matter what the timings are.

    Gameplay is excellent, these are very nice chips for that purpose. I was suprised to see that in Sisandra 2004, the memory bandwidth is almost 3100MB/s at 200MHz and 2.5-3-3-7 timings. They really contribute to smooth gameplay.

    Overall, I am pleased with these modules. Not bad for $90.

    Pros
    -Good looking heatspreaders
    -Games play acceptionally well
    -Very nice product support
    -Extremely cheap to other comparable modules

    Cons
    -Not so good overclocking
    -Will not run stable at advertised timings
     
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