Super Talent T1000UX2G5 DDR2-1000 (2 x 1 GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit

Admin - 2007-03-24 20:25:27 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: March 29, 2007
Super Talent Technology
Super Talent Technology
Price: $290 - $507 USD

Introduction:



Memory. We all need it for our computers, and it's becoming more and more important to us. As advances in technology occur, our software applications become more complex and demanding, and the operating systems that make our machines run become more powerful and also more memory intensive.

Fortunately, these same technological advances are helping the memory manufacturers, such as Super Talent Technology, who are making better and faster modules for us to use to feed these beasts. In fact, Super Talent Technology describes these modules I am testing today as, ”ideal for gamers, power users and overclockers, and is perfectly suited for the fastest new Intel and AMD platforms.”

Who is Super Talent Technology? Headquartered in San Jose, California, Super Talent Technology designs and manufactures DDR and DDR2 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. Super Talent's Silicon Valley based electrical, mechanical, and software engineering teams develop leading-edge DRAM and flash memory solutions for a multitude of applications. Their US-based engineering enables Super Talent to bring advanced new products and technologies to market well ahead of the competition. A leading innovator, Super Talent holds over 100 patents on DRAM and Flash module design and manufacturing processes, making Super Talent one of the world's chief patent holders in memory device categories. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, the association that defines future memory standards. The company is a technical leader in producing industry standard memory modules as well as in developing custom memory solutions. They have 14 highly automated assembly lines that stand as the largest and most advanced memory module production facility in North America. Today I am reviewing their T1000UX2G5 part, which is a dual channel kit of DDR2-1000 memory that has timings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.2volts.  Elsewhere on the net these T1000UX2G5 PC2-8000 modules have won awards for value and performance, so, let’s have a look at these modules and see what OCC thinks of them ;).

Closer Look:





The modules came in the standard retail plastic casing and clamshell design. It was easy to open and no damage occurred, so I can return the modules to the package at a later time for safekeeping. In with the modules is a paper insert with the Super Talent name and on the back side is a bit of advertising and a website address for if you need any technical support. The modules themselves are incased in a thermally bonded, blue heatspreader with raised silver letters spelling the Super Talent name on one side. The heatspreaders themselves are embossed with several bumps to increase the surface area of the spreaders for increased heat dissipation. One thing I noticed right away, after having handled a few different sets of ram, these seemed to be heavier that most. It must be attributed to a beefier heatspreader.





The other side of the modules has a sticker that gives you the manufacturer, part number, size and timings of the modules. Since these are geared for the power user, gamer and overclocker, they fit my needs perfectly because I am all three. I think it is high time to put these puppies into the system.

Installation:



The installation is pretty straight forward. Always, when you are working inside of your computer, the first thing to do is disconnect the power. Removing or adding components to your motherboard with the power on can, and usually will, result in damage. So, with the power disconnected, it is a simple matter of removing my current modules by pressing down on the tabs at either end of the modules which lifts them up. Then I can grab them and pull them completely out of my system. Putting the new Super Talent modules in is just a reverse of the process. Line the modules up with your slot making sure to note that there is a notch in the bottom of the slot which only lets them go in one way. Once aligned, simply press down by placing your fingers on the top of the modules near the ends. Press them gently down until the tabs snap back in the upright postion, thereby locking the modules in place.



With that step out of the way, we are ready to move on to the benchmarks.

Specifications:



Testing:

Testing Setup



Benchmarks and Apps:



This is going to be a battle of the 1000 MHz modules! I like doing tests that are more of an apples-to-apples test, rather than putting something like 1000 MHz up against 1067 MHz modules. Both sets are rated to be run at 2.2v on vdimm, with the OCZ having a slight edge here as it will allow going to 2.25 without voiding your warranty.

Further on in the review, I will be voiding the warranty on both sets though as I push the volts higher than recommended to see how fast I can get these modules to run. I mean, this is an overclocking website, is it not? So, let’s move on.

CPU-Z

So, first up is cpu-z which reads information from your system and displays it on your screen. It has several tabs to display things such as information on your motherboard, what speed your processor is running at and the front side bus speed. On another tab is the SPD information that is programmed into the chip to tell it what settings to run at during your bootup (unless you were to manually set them in the bios). Then we have the main tab we are interested in today, the memory tab. This is going to tell us what speed the memory modules are actually running at.



Task Manager

Now we have Task Manager to show that it is indeed 2 GB of memory, Kernel memory, and Page file usage.

Cachemem

Cachemem gives results of read and write speeds of the ram. You should notice that the higher speed the ram runs at, generally the higher the scores will be here. The values are in MBs/second.

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


PCMark05

With PCMark05 we test the PC’s performance as a system. Again, these tests were run with each set of modules in the system. We will also show the memory score that is a culmination of the results from a suite of tests run just on the memory modules in your system.

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


SiSoft Sandra

SiSoftware Sandra is going to test for latency (random access time), bandwidth, and a combined index of cache and memory. Of the three tests being run here, the “combined index” test is the hardest to pass. This test has proven time and again to be the one to pass if a certain memory speed is going to pass all the tests in this review. First up is the latency and speed factor test.

Lower is Better


Next up, we have the bandwidth test.

Higher is Better


And to finish the Sandra tests, we have the Cache and memory test.

Higher is Better


Lower is Better


Far Cry

Lastly in our test suite is a real-world test. The Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano) test was used to record changes in frame rates. I will run the test at resolutions of 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024.



Settings:

• Maximum quality option,
• Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
• Pixel shader: model 2.0b
• Antialising: 4x
• Antisotrophic filtering: 8x
• HDR: disabled
• Geometry Instancing: disabled
• Normal-maps compression: disabled

Far Cry test at 1000 MHz


Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better
Ahh!! Overclocking is where the fun begins. First I am going to see how far I can push these modules on stock volts and then I'll raise the volts a bit and push them more. I will be showing you the results from the highest, stable overclock that I was able to achieve at default volts that would pass all of the tests in our testing suite. Even though my processor runs at 2.66 Ghz stock, it has been tested and runs benchmarks at 3.80 Ghz in this setup, so I know this is not to be my limiting factor in the ram overclocks. The 1000 MHz ram tests were done with a fsb (front side bus) speed of 333. Now I will show the results with a fsb of 350 and memory speeds of 1050 MHz.

Cpuz



Memory at 1050 MHz


Cachemem

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


PCMark05

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


SiSoft Sandra

Lower is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Lower is Better


Far Cry

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better


That was the highest speed at which the Super Talent ram would complete all of the benchmarks in our suite at its default voltage of 2.2 volts. As you can see, bumping up the memory speeds gives a nice boost to all the scores. Now, I was going to push the voltage up and rerun the tests at the highest speed at which both modules will pass. Unfortunately, no matter what I did with the voltage, the Super Talent ram would not complete all of the tests at anything higher than 1072 MHz. This in itself is still a remarkable feat for ram that is only rated for 1000 MHz. I am sure if I were to relax the timings it would go higher but that would be defeating our purpose here. Here are the results at 1072 MHz.



Memory at 1072 MHz


Cachemem

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


PCMark05

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


SiSoft Sandra

Lower is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Lower is Better


Far Cry

Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Higher is Better


Well now, are you the type that likes to run your memory at the tightest timings possible? This is, of course, another form of overclocking. I went on a mission to see how tight I could get the timings of these modules to run at the default speed of 1000 MHz. The only testing done at these tight timings was with the benchmark, Super Pi. I was able to get both sets of ram to 4-4-4-8.

Wow, 4-4-4-8 with ram modules that are rated at 5-5-5-15! This is a bargain indeed. Hmmm, I wonder, how high can they go?



By pushing 2.3 volts to them I was able to achieve a speed of 1102 MHz on the Super Talent ram while the OCZ ram made it to 1114 MHz booting right from the bios to the desktop. I could touch the heatspreaders on the modules as they were running at this speed and they were just warm to the touch. The heatspreaders were doing their job of keeping the heat dissipated. There were no programs used here like Memset which lets you manipulate memory speeds from within windows. From everything I have seen here in these tests, it is clear to me that these memory modules by Super Talent are indeed “Super Talented!”. They would make an excellent choice for an overclocker or gamer.

Conclussion:



So, what have we seen here? From close examination of all the test scores, it appears that the OCZ ram has beaten out the Super Talent ram for the speed crown. But, did you notice something that I have purposely left out up to this point? Look closely at the default timings of each set of modules. While the Super Talent ram runs at 5-5-5-15, the OCZ ram runs at 4-5-4-15. This in itself gives an edge to the OCZ ram which would account for the higher scores. Does this make all the difference? Is there something more helping the OCZ to score better? Only further testing would determine that. To OCZ’s credit, the OCZ ram went all the way to 1114 MHz at those 4-5-4-15 timings, which is incredible. As it stands, the Super Talent ram is geared at the gamer, overclocker and power user. It does its job admirably. It ran at its rated speed flawlessly giving a superior accounting of itself. I would have no problem recommending this ram for anyone looking for a fast, reliable and efficient set of ram modules for their gaming pc. There is plenty of headroom to clock them to higher speeds, and you can tighten the timings to gain that little extra speed. These appear to be very well engineered and manufactured sets of ram modules indeed! A slight problem can be had though when you actually go to buy these modules. On this day in particular, I was only able to find them for sale on two web sites and the prices varied wildly.


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