Date: March 12th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Kingston
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Headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., Kingston Technology
Company, Inc. is the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory
products for desktop computers, notebooks, servers, workstations, laser
printers, digital cameras and hand-held computers. Kingston provides
contract manufacturing for most of the large semiconductor OEMs (Original
Equipment Manufacturer), several system OEMs, and supports large OEMs
with supply chain management services. The company also has sister companies
in the component packaging (Payton Technology), and test and validation
test lab (AVL) sectors.
Kingston offers a range of memory products and services
needed to satisfy current and next-generation product demands. Memory
options for new systems are introduced and supported on a daily basis,
usually with Kingston engineering working in conjunction with the system
OEM. For those requiring legacy memory - memory no longer available
from the original manufacturer - Kingston is often the only source.
Kingston operates on a just-in-time model based on customer needs. Kingston's
products are built-to-order, which minimizes the risk of stagnant inventory
for Kingston and its customers.
A global company that offers more than 2,000 products
to support over 9,000 systems, Kingston corporation's sales exceeded
$1.8 billion in 2003. Kingston serves an international network of distributors
and OEM customers in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Latin
America, representing more than 3,000 locations worldwide.
With dual channel motherboards flowing into every retail
channel and supporting either the AMD or the Intel processor, memory
manufacturers like Kingston in this particular example today have done
an excellent job in releasing proper dual channel memory kits to take
advantage of the new memory technology and increased bandwidth.
Within the population using these high end motherboards,
the ranks are split into separate yet equally important groups. For
one, you will have the mainstream performance user which is perfectly
happy with a PC3200 (DDR400) dual channel kit to match the stock settings
of each motherboard. On the other hands we have the elite users which
just love to overclock and "tweak" every bit of extra performance
from their newly built rig.
For the overclockers, high speed memory is a must in order
to be able to overclock, but yet still keep the memory divider at its
stock 1:1 ratio. What this will enable is still the same CPU overclock,
but with a drastic increase in memory performance to compliment the
cranked processor front side bus. As you will see, running your memory
at DDR500 does give your system a great boost in performance that is
noticed system wide.
Boot speed, application execution and gaming performance
and just a few advantages that faster memory bring to the computing
table. My question is why faster memory speeds are not a standard?
Makes you think right?.....