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Corsair TWINX1024-3200LLPro RAM Review

Former staff writer    -   February 20, 2004


Installation


We ran in to a couple of problems installing this memory. On one of our test systems the memory was so tall that it came only centimeters away from our Serial ATA Adapter that we had installed on our hard drive. We had to remove this adapter before installing the memory for the memory to fit. If you own a very small computer case, you can see that you may run in to a problem where the actual hard drive may prevent you from installing the memory without first removing the hard drive. In our other test system, which was a small Shuttle box, we had similar problems but it was related to the power supply. We had to remove the power supply unit before we could install the memory. We can't provide you pictures of this since the review of the Shuttle has not been published on our site yet :)

None of these problems are major, especially since most people do not upgrade their memory very often. We still felt the need to inform you of our problems that we had.

Movie


It would be to hard to describe what the LED activity lights look like, without showing you. Therefore we have made a short video clip of the LED's in action!


Testing
System 1 System 2
AMD 2500+ @ 3200+ Speeds (11x200FSB) AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Abit NF7-S Rev 2.0 Shuttle SN85G4
WD 120GB 8MB Cache Hard Drive WD 120GB 8MB Cache Hard Drive
Windows XP w/ SP1 Windows XP w/ SP1


Originally I wanted to test both single and dual channel on the Abit motherboard, but the increase in performance and bandwidth in single vs dual channel was less than 3% in most cases and i didn't feel the need to include single channel scores. To test the memory's stability and memory bandwidth I used memtest86, prime95, Si Soft Sandra, and Pcmark04. For Sandra, and PCMark04 three test were ran with the average score of the 3 combined for the scores listed below.

Front Side Bus Memory Voltage Latency Pass/Fail
200 Stock Stock SPD Pass
205 Stock Stock SPD Pass
210 Stock Stock SPD Pass
215 Stock Stock SPD Pass
217 Stock Stock SPD Fail
217 2.7 Stock SPD Pass
218 2.7 Stock SPD Fail
218 2.7 CAS 2-3-3-6 Fail
218 2.8 CAS 2-3-3-6 Fail


I tried everything to get the 1024-3200LLPRO to be stable with Prim95 and memtest86 above 217fsb, but no voltage or latency combination could get the memory stable past 217fsb.



Note: The Athlon 3200+ shown in the graph is an Athlon 2500+ Barton overclocked to 3200+

Here we see the corsair showing some good numbers in the Sandra memory test. The NF3 chipset with the help of the 64-bit Athlon on board memory memory controller is really showing some good scores to be running in single channel. Even with dual channel, the NF2 is still lacking behind the Athlon 64 and NF3.

sandra fix

Note: The Athlon 3200+ shown in the graph is an Athlon 2500+ Barton overclocked to 3200+

Here we see the corsair showing some good numbers in the Sandra memory test. The NF3 chipset with the help of the 64-bit Athlon on board memory memory controller is really showing some good scores to be running in single channel. Even with dual channel, the NF2 is still lacking behind the Athlon 64 and NF3.



Note: The Athlon 3200+ shown in the graph is an Athlon 2500+ Barton overclocked to 3200+

Again we see both chipsets putting in very respectable scores for their platform. The NF3 shows a healthy 26% boost in performance over the NF2 board in PCMark04 memory bandwidth score.



  1. Introduction & What is Dual Channel DDR?
  2. Features & In-depth Look
  3. Installation & Testing
  4. Overclocking & Conclusion
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