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Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) XP2-6400 Memory Review

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To test this Mushkin XP2-6400 4GB set of RAM, I'm going to compare it against the Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB set. The XP2's stock timings are 4-4-4-12, whereas the HPC's default timings are 5-4-4-12. Both sets are DDR2 800, so we're going to see which set is better. The HP2-6400 4GB set was used in the exact same system except it had two 8800GTS video cards instead of one 7950GT KO. This shouldn't make too much difference in most of the tests.

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel E6600 at 2.66GHz
  • Motherboard: Abit IN9 32X-MAX
  • RAM: Mushkin Part# 996580 2x2GB set XP2-6400
  • Comparison RAM: Mushkin Part# 996564 2x2GB set HP2-6400
  • Video Card: EVGA 7950GT KO
  • Power Supply: CoolerMaster 750w
  • Hard Drive: WD 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s
  • Optical Drives: Sony DVD Burner SATA
  • O/S: Windows XP SP2


  • CPU-Z  Version 1.41
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PcMark05 Professional
  • SiSoft Sandra XI
  • CacheMem
  • Far Cry


CPU-Z: This great little program tells you absolutely everything you would want to know about your memory and CPU. Below is the screenshot of the XP2-6400 clocking in at 404MHz (DDR2 800).


Task Manager: This Windows application is used to monitor your system's performance. I'm looking at it to see just how much of the RAM Windows is recognizing. Windows XP Professional only recognizes up to 3GB of RAM, but it can utilize the whole 4 gigabytes.


Now let's get to the benchmarks to see just how these two sets of 4GB RAM compare.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing: CPU-Z, Task Manager
  4. Testing: PCMark05, SiSoft Sandra
  5. Testing: Cachemem, Far Cry
  6. Overclocking: Results, PCMark05, SiSoft Sandra
  7. Overclocking: Cachemem, Far Cry
  8. Conclusion
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