A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB ReviewMakaveli - June 5, 2008
To properly test this kit, I'll be comparing it against the Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB kit. Both of the sets will be compared at stock timings, frequencies and voltages. The A-DATA set runs at 1.8 volts, which is quite low, so that'll be interesting to see how well it does on such low voltage. Again, everything was set to stock on each set of RAM, and compared on the exact same system.
- CPU:Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333 x 8
- Motherboard: Asus Rampage Formula
- Memory: A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB
- Video Card(s): Gigabyte 8800GT
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB 7200.11 SATA
- Opticals: Sony Dual Layer Burner
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Comparison: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB
CPU-Z: This is a great program to use in order to view the settings that we've set in the BIOS including, CPU speed, bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings, and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file usage, and processor usage (%).
- Memory: A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 @ 1002 with 5-5-5-12 and 1.90 volts
Please note that here at OverclockersClub, we do not condone running your hardware outside of the parameters set by the manufacturer and will not be responsible for any damage to your hardware while trying to duplicate the results of our testing. So proceed with caution and at your own risk.
The kind of overclocking that I'll be doing is overclocking within the stock timings. Basically, I'll see how much headroom this kit has while using the stock timings of 5-5-5-12. After a few hours of overclocking, I found the max overclock that I could get was 501MHz, which is 101MHz higher than the stock frequency of 400MHz. What's more impressive is that I achieved that overclock by only bumping the volts up to 1.9! Definitely not a bad overclock at all, and I am quite satisfied with it only being on 1.9 volts.
The following benchmarks that will be used in this review include:
- CPU-Z Version 1.45
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra XII
- Company of Heros