Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB DDR2 Reviewccokeman -
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The capability to use four gigabytes of system memory or more is here. In the past, four gigs of memory was prohibitively expensive, fetching 450 dollars or more just a short year ago. What a difference a year makes! Between Vista being resource intensive as well as the latest games using more and more memory, the need for four gigabytes is there. Once the realization hits you that you need more system memory, the questions start to fly fast and furious. How much will it cost? What manufacturer? Timings? Performance memory or just stock replacement memory? 2 x 2 gigabyte sets or 4 x 1 gigabytes? All these questions and more need to be answered before a purchase is made.
Redline! This usually signifies the top of the scale. The maximum safe limit. As the top of the line series of modules, the Mushkin XP2 8000 2 x 2 gigabyte set of modules come with a high set of expectations. Sure there are sets out on the market that have higher rated speeds, but this is a four gig set, not a measly 2 gig set. The Redline XP2 8000 DDR2 features DDR2 1000 speeds guaranteed, an EPP profile, 5-5-5-12 timings and a low 2.0 to 2.1 volts to get there, this means no extreme voltage for the rated performance. Just in case the voltage is pushed, Mushkin makes use of its patented Frostbyte heatspreaders to effectively dissipate the heat generated by the modules. The message on each box of Mushkin memory states "Get More." Let's see if the tradition of "Getting More" continues with these modules!
The modules come in the traditional Mushkin memory package, An easy to open clamshell that keeps the modules tightly in place. The modules are displayed prominently in front of the product card. The rear of the product card includes information about the company as well as installation and troubleshooting tips in case you run into trouble and need some guidance.
The XP2 8000 Redline modules come with timings advertised at 5-5-5-12 at DDR2 1000MHz speeds. It also features an EPP profile, as do all HP, XP and Redline modules for easy one setting overclocking. The modules require 2.0 to 2.1 volts to operate at the rated timings and speeds. Being part of the Redline series of modules, the heatspreaders are a bright red instead of the black or blue of the rest of the performance line up.
The heatspreaders used on its line of memory products use "Frostbyte" technology to help keep the modules cool during usage. A key part of keeping the modules alive when pushing the performance envelope.
We have seen the pics and know the feature set, now let's see how they perform.