Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB DDR2 Reviewccokeman - March 21, 2008
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The way to verify that one set of memory modules is better than another is to run a series of benchmarks to put down some basic comparison data. When all things are equal and the only variable is the module being tested, the results are a great way to compare performance, good or bad. In order to eliminate the variables, the only settings that will be manipulated will be the memory timings and voltages when overclocking. The comparison modules will be run at the manufacturer specified timings and voltages at a speed of 1000MHz. In order to reach higher memory speeds, the memory will be run unlinked to take the CPU speed out of the equation and allow the memory speed to be the only variable for my performance measurements.
- CPU:Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 266 x 9
- Motherboard: Abit IX38 Quad GT
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 5-5-5-12
- Video Card(s): Asus EN8800 GT TOP
- Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 320GB SATA
- Opticals:Sony DVD-ROM
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Comparison Module #1:Mushkin HP2 6400 2 x 2 GB 5-5-4-12
- Comparison Module #2: OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066 5-5-5-18
CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and 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 (%).
- Processor: Intel Q6600 334 x 8
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 562MHz
Getting the most out of the memory that is installed in high performance computers usually comes at a cost. That cost is the voltage needed for the results. Many times, the higher the voltage applied to the DIMMs, the better they perform, to a point. The Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline modules are no different. Whereas 2.3 or 2.4 volts usually is a good, even point on DDR2 memory, these did not want anything higher than 2.05 volts. Used to the "give 'er a bit more Johnny" school of thought, I tried 2.2 volts and did not get the desired increase I was after. So I settled on 1.98 volts for the final overclock. The Redlines ended up giving me 562MHz, 62MHz over the stock speed of 500MHz. I can hear the nay sayers jeering that 562MHz is low for DDR2 DIMMs. You have to realize that this is a four gigabyte set of modules. So 562 MHz is pretty decent and even better when the price point comes into play.
The benchmarks used in this review include the following programs.
- CPU-Z Version 1.43
- Windows Task Manager
- PcMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra XII
- Company of Heroes