Date: December 8th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair Memory
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
184-Pin DDR SDRAM
2GB (2 x 1gig)
DDR 500 (PC 4000)
Manufacturer Warranty Lifetime
All memory kits and modules are tested on an Asus P4C800 at their rating speed. Corsair utilizes Samsung memory modules due to their higher quality and stability. More information on this memory can be found HERE.
PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH
For around US$229-$250 you will receive the following.
As mentioned you will receive two memory sticks which each having a capacity of one gigabyte.
Each memory stick is cooled via a passive aluminum which is thermally glued to each module and is not removable without doing any damage to the memory stick. Each heatspreader is held in place with a clip. This clip is probably needed more in the manufacturing process rather than when the modules are installed in your computer. With the clip removed, you won't be able to remove the heatspreader even after quite a bit of effort is applied.
Attached to the heatspreader is Corsair's holographic authentication sticker which in normal light will show you the technical aspects of the actual dimm, but when exposed to stronger light will expose the embedded holographic image. Make sure your memory has this sticker attached. There are still companies on the market trying to illegally rip off reputable brand names.
This memory is guaranteed capable of doing DDR500 right out of the package as long as you keep the timings set to 3-8-4-4. Now some people will scoff at the timings and deem this ram slow but they are completely mistaken. There are WAY to many people putting WAY to much weight on the memory timings. This is because some manufacturers are starting to flood the market with information that tighter memory timings is the best thing for a fast machine. They are indeed correct to a certain extent, but timings are not nearly as important as an overclock. If you have the chance to buy this kit with 3-8-4-4 timings or a low latency PC3200 kit from another manufacturer at the same price, get the higher latency higher speed memory hands down. You will always see an overall better performing computer through a higher overclock than you will staying at DDR400 and tightening the timing all the way to maximum. To some this might seem rather elementary, but as I have witnessed in the past couple of weeks, there are way to many people for some reason claiming that tight memory timings is the end-all-be-all of memory performance. This is due to pure ignorance and a slight case of brainwashing from some manufacturers trying to make timings so important so they can sell their memory at an extremely high price.
You do the math and you will see what I am talking about.