Date: August 25th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: PQI Memory
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PQI CORPORATE PROFILE
Addressing the need for reliable and versatile storage with much faster
access times and lower power consumption than conventional drives, PQI
products are recognized as category leaders. Two of the company's patented
products—Intelligent Stick™, the smallest USB flash drive available,
and DiskOnModule™, a cost-effective and secure solution for the embedded
system market—have helped to reshape the memory storage industry.
Founded in 1998, PQI designs, manufactures and markets
computer memory modules, flash memory storage devices and peripherals.
The acquisition of PMI, a leading manufacture of computer memory modules,
further strengthens our goal to be a complete memory solution provider
in the convergence of computing and digital entertainment. We are committed
to maintaining our industry leading position through leading-edge technologies,
continued product innovations and the assurance of total customer satisfaction.
With DDR400 firmly entrenched as the going PC memory standard,
consumers that were at one time happy with standard DDR memory latencies
are now getting more interested in lowering their memory timings on
their stock computers for extra performance. What is often not know
or considered is the double edge sword that lower memory timings bring
to the performance fight through increased overclocking potential.
When you have a memory kit with the lowest latency ability
at stock speeds, when you completely relax the timings to 3-8-4-4 and
crank the DDR voltage to 2.8volts, you unlock the REAL hidden overclocking
potential in faster memory. All that is needed is a locked AGP/PCI speed
and enjoy the surprising increase in FSB you can obtain.
Another deciding factor is always price. Sure, the memory
has fast stock timings, but is a small latency decrease really worth
US$50-US$100 more? If you are thinking that it is, you are unfortunately
To back that up I will be reviewing the new Turbo Ultra
Low Latency Series memory from PQI (Formerly PMI). With fast timings
and a very reasonable price around the US$170 range, you just cannot
beat the value of this memory when compared to similar kits from other
major brands that are priced US$100+ higher.
But that is, "IF" it performs like the other
major brands. Come and check out the review.