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PMI 3200-1024DP Turbo Memory Review

Former staff writer    -   March 20, 2004


Testing
I will be comparing the PMI with Corsairs Twinx1024-3200LLPRO. Both sets offer low latencies, but corsair has a lower row precharge of 2. This should give the corsair a slight advantage, but I wanted to see how the 1024DP stood against other performance memory.

Test System
  • AthlonXP 2500+
  • Abit NF7-S
  • ATI 9800PRO





  • The 1024DP showed some great numbers considering its higher latencies. With an almost unchanged systems score and small difference between the memory score. Running neck and neck with the corsair is impressive.



    Again we see a slight difference in scores with the Corsair pulling ahead slightly, but again the 1024dp is right on Corsairs heels

    Overclocking



    Overall, the overclocking was somewhat lacking. I was only able to achieve a FSB of 216MHZ (432DDR) at stock latencies and 2.7 VDIMM with the 1024DP. Even with relaxed timings and 2.8 volts, Prime95 failed at anything past 216FSB. When overclocking, the 1024DP yielded similar results as the Corsair because they both used Winbond CH-5 chips. Again we see the 1024DP pulling in some solid numbers but still trailing the Corsair slightly.


    Conclusion

    I was quite impressed with the performance of the PMI3200-1024DP. With the platinum heat spreaders and lifetime warranty you can't beat the price of around $200. I was pretty impressed at how close the performance was against the Corsair, but I can live with the small trade off in performance for the lower price of the 1024DP. Both sets of memory were able to overclock about the same amount, and the difference in price makes the PMI a more attractive buy. Offering great performance at low cost, PMI is on the right track to making a name for their company in the performance memory market.

    Pros

    • Price
    • Looks
    • Lifetime Warranty

     

    Cons

    • Overclocking



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