Date: December 8th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair Memory
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MEMORY OVERCLOCKING POTENTIAL
To test the memory's ability to overclock, I set the timings to 3-8-4-4, locked the divider at the stock setting of 1:1, maxed the memory voltage at 2.8volts, locked the PCI and AGP bus and bumped up front side bus until I reached the rated DDR500 which was at 250Mhz FSB. Seeing this is the speed this memory is rated at, I wanted to see if I could squeeze out anymore overclocking potential. To do this I kept everything the same and continued advancing the front side bus.
Here are the results:
When all was said and done I was able to push the front side bus an additional 5Mhz and anything beyond would cause random boot problems and unexplained program termination. With the memory technically set at DDR510, my 2.4C northwood was humming along at 3.06Ghz with a processor frontside bus stable 1020Mhz. Overall the performance difference was very noticeable and for the benchmarking I will be including the DDR500 and the DDR510 results.
PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING
The Testbed is comprised of:
Intel P4 2.4C 800FSB Retail CPU Check Prices
CORSAIR PC4000 DDR500 TWINX2048-4000PT 2GIG PLATINUM DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY KIT
Abit IC7-G Max II Advance Canterwood Motherboard (BIOS Revision Version 22): Check Prices
Vmem = 2.8volts
Vcore = 1.60volts
ATI All-in-Wonder 9800pro Check Prices
Catalyst 4.3 Videocard Drivers
Windows XP Professional SP1 Check Prices
Seagate Barracuda V SATA ATA-150 HD Check Prices
Intel Application Accelerator ver2.3
Hyperthreading and PAT Enabled
Memory Benchmarked Against:
- OCZ TECHNOLOGY EL PC3500 GX GOLD EDITION DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY KIT (2-5-2-2)
- 1GIG PQI PC3200 ULTRA LOW LATENCY DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY KIT (2-6-3-2)
- 1GIG CORSAIR TWINX1024-3200XLPRO (2-5-2-2) Check Prices
- 1GIG PMI TURBO PC3200 PLATINUM (2-6-3-2) Check Prices
- 1GIG CORSAIR TWINX1024-3200LLPRO (2-6-3-2) Check Prices
For this memory, I will be testing it at DDR500 and at the maximum overclock of DDR510 and showing you how it compared to other memory configurations from other manufacturers. The only difference is the max overclock values from the other memory manufacturers will be at 3-8-4-4 timings.
Everything else is absolutely identical right down to the software and drivers. I will not be testing this memory at the CPU's highest overclock seeing to do so, I would be using the memory divider and essentially underclocking the memory below it's rated speed.
Let's see how it performed...