ADATA Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2 800 Memory Reviewajmatson -
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In the memory world, there are so many options to choose from. You have everything from value ram modules to high-end DIMMs that use state of the art technology. With all the different types and manufacturers out there, how do you choose the right one for your system? Well that depends on your needs, and of course your price range. That is where we come in; to give you the information you need to make the correct purchasing decision. The latest JEDEC Industry Standard Speeds are DDR2-800. Sure there are manufacturers out there that push beyond that, but natively, that is where the sweet spot resides. For those of you not into overclocking, you want to find a set of RAM that performs at its peak, right at that spot. ADATA has made available a set of RAM called the Vitesta Extreme Edition Series that pushes the envelope at the DDR2-800 speed with some pretty nice advertised timings.
ADATA, based in Taiwan, was founded in 2001 and had only twenty employees, including Founder and CEO Mr. Simon Chen. Based on an April, 2005 iSuppli report, A-DATA ranks third in the world for DRAM Module and fifth for Flash Disk. According to ADATA's CEO "A-DATA Technology has been profitable every year, even when the DRAM market cycle and pricing was fluctuating dramatically."
This set of RAM came in a blister type packaging that holds the modules nice and securely. I have received some sets in the past where the package was separating all over and the modules fell out. It was nice to see ADATA take the extra step to secure your investment. On the front side you get a nice view of the modules, as well as the specs. The back side has some features and a nice little guide that helps you open the blister back, keeping it intact for storage if needed. I received two sets to test, so I will be conducting this review with scores for one set (2x1GB) and two sets (4x1GB)
These modules are 2x1GB sticks sets and use Micron D9 or ProMos Chips and Brainpower PC Boards. They are designed for high-end systems and gamers; for the speed and stability that is needed when running them hard. The Vitesta Extreme Edition modules come wrapped in a red colored aluminum heat spreader with the logos and foil spec stickers that you tend to see on memory modules these days. Both sides of the heatsinks are the exact same design with the logos but one side has a sticker with the speed specs and the other side has one with the timing scales.
I have seen on some auction sites knock-off versions of different types of modules, so I like the fact that ADATA incorporated a logo foil with the memory speeds on it to deter fakes. This particular set is advertised to run at 4-4-4-11 timings at 667MHz and 4-4-4-12 at 800MHz.
Now that we've had a quick look at the modules, let's see what they're really made of.