Date: December 8th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair Memory <--SHOP FOR THE BEST PRICES ON COMPUTER MEMORY HERE
Corsair has many years of experience in qualifying high-performance memories, and has developed a knowledge base and track record which is among the best in the industry. Corsair also has strict standards for product qualification; any changes in design, bill-of-materials, and/or supplier, must be re-qualified prior to shipment to end customers. These high standards, while somewhat time consuming, have resulted in a very robust product, with extremely few failures, returns, or compatibility problems. Corsair's Compatibility Lab also tests our memory for compatibility with major system platforms, including motherboards from all the industry leaders. Our web site provides an up-to-date reference on which memory is the best fit for which motherboard. Careful memory qualification is required to help eliminate the uncertainty of the interactions between different components in a given computer system. Corsair has implemented a qualification procedure that is among the most stringent in the industry. While such a strong qualification procedure cannot eliminate risk entirely, it ensures that the parts are as robust as possible, and are suitable for today's mission-critical applications.
Corsair has a great online slide presentation which will brief you with all the information you need to make an educated memory purchase. Check out the in-depth presentation HERE.
Who would have even thought even two years ago that some people would need two gigabytes worth of memory to run some programs properly and efficiently. Realistically, it is inevitable, computer programs are getting more complex and asking for more and more system resources to do the same task. Whether this is because of a real need or just shoddy and lazy programming you will have to upgrade your memory capacity sometime in the future.
One good example would be the new Battlefield 2 which to run properly does require lots of memory for texture cache. Sure you can get away with one gigabyte of memory, but most people are encountering stuttering and poor game performance even with a great videocard if they don't have enough system texture capacity. This is not a fault of the game coder, it is just such a graphically intense game it has to rely on a lot of system memory if you increase the visual quality settings. Another program which can easily topple a one gigabyte rig is photoshop. When you start to really get into this program and using its filters and special features, your memory will start to melt away until there is nothing left available.
Until not to long ago a person wanting over one gigabyte of memory would be forced to buy two one gigabyte kits which can lead to quite the price tag. Lately, most manufacturers are offering two gigabyte kits from around US$150-$300+ depending on the speed and timings you require. This kit being reviewed today is only weighing in at US$229-US$250 depending on the online retailer. If you can take a look HERE, you will see that is practically a steal seeing some two gigabyte kits are going for a lot more than that and are only PC3200. If you can do the math, this is an incredibly well priced kit and regardless what anyone says, there is NOTHING wrong with the 3-8-4-4 timings. Don't be fooled by companies trying to sell you low latency memory for a lot more money when you will only see a 3-5% difference in performance for a 25-30% increase in price.
As you will see in the upcoming review, there is nothing really to gain from tight memory settings at DDR500+.