Date: January 26th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner & Head Editor)
Product was donated by: Crucial <-- SHOP FOR PC3200 DDR400 MEMORY HERE
Crucial offers customers a number of clear advantages
over our competitors. As the only consumer memory supplier that's part
of a major DRAM manufacturer, we sell high-quality memory that has been
qualified and approved by all major original equipment manufacturers.
That's important to customers who need quality-assured memory for mission-critical
A lot of memory companies claim to be memory manufacturers
even though they're just memory module assemblers. By putting two pre-manufactured
memory parts together to build a memory module, they feel they've manufactured
memory. Truth is, there is only one company in America that actually
manufactures the DRAM chips, the memory printed circuit board, and then
assembles them into memory modules - Micron and its memory division,
Memory modules are made of two pieces - the DRAM semiconductor
chips that store data and the printed circuit board (PCB) connecting
the chips to the rest of the computer. There are only a handful of semiconductor
manufacturers with the engineering expertise to make DRAM chips. They
include Micron, Samsung, Hitachi, and Hyundai. Micron has over 2,000
engineers and a 1.8 million-square-foot manufacturing facility with
state-of-the-art clean rooms, memory testers, and exacting quality control.
Crucial memory is recognized worldwide for its power and performance.
Our memory is used by Apple, Gateway, HP, IBM, Micronpc and more - for
good reason. Crucial offers over 110,000 upgrades for more than 20,000
different computers, notebooks, servers and printers. And we guarantee
that the high-quality memory you buy is 100% compatible with your system
or your money back.
I always laugh when I'm forced to justify the cost of
memory which I've selected for a client/user's system.
Client: "But I can pick up the same thing at [insert big
box computer shop name] for twenty bucks."
Oh, really. The same thing?
Too many people are willing to spend $300 (or more) on
the top of the line ATI video card, but they can't bring themselves
to spend more for quality memory. What they don't realize is that their
brand new 9800XT won't reach peak performance if the system as a whole
is bottlenecked by bad RAM.
Today I will be reviewing Crucial's PC3200 DDR400 memory.
It is supposed to perform fantastic, yet carries a very small price
tag. I received two identical 512MB memory modules and will be running
them in single and dual channel mode. This is only possible if your
motherboard supports it. Crucial isn't touting this package as a Dual
Channel Memory Kit, which is nice. What a lot of people don't realize
is that Dual Channel Memory Kits are just identical sticks of single
channel RAM which have 'sometimes' been tested to ensure there are no
errors when they are inserted into a motherboard which supports dual
For the purpose of this review, I will test the Crucial
RAM in single and dual channel modes. I will also see how far I can
push this gig of RAM via overclocking. Crucial has made it very clear
that this is mainstream RAM and is not intended for overclocking. In
fact, any overclocking will void the warranty.
We at Tweaknews need not worry about warranties, however…
so let's see what this memory can do.