Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3 DDR-2 Memory Review
technologies and platforms are different this time around, but the current DDR-2
memory situation is definitely bringing up some deja vu.... remember
the VIA KT133A/SDRAM vs. VIA KT266A debates? Currently, DDR-2 memory really doesn't offer any dramatic performance gain over traditional DDR memory, but that's going to change in
the very near future.
already released its 1066 MHz FSB parts, albeit in limited quantities.
Conventional DDR memory cannot run fast enough to supply these Intel processors with enough bandwidth, so DDR-2 is a real necessity. AMD allegedly also has DDR-2 memory in its future plans, although the company is being quite tight-lipped about when, and in what form we can expect it to appear alongside an
So for the moment, DDR-2 is an
interesting evolutionary step in the world of system memory, and
manufacturers can only wait for consumer interest to catch up. If you are
one of the very few to have a performance PC powered by DDR-2, this
review is for you! In it, PCSTATS is testing out two brand new 512MB sticks
of Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3 DDR2 memory. Corsair is consistently a
market leader in the memory
field, and they were among the first to announce performance grade DDR-2 RAM for
enthusiasts. Talk about being on the ball.
these Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3
memory modules are unbuffered, non-ECC in nature and are rated to run at
PC2-4300 (or DDR2-538 speeds) with a voltage of 1.8V. The SPD timings are set at 3-3-3-8.
Like all other Corsair TwinX DIMMs, the Twin2X1024-4300C3 memory is wrapped
in aluminum heatspreaders that are supposed to keep the memory 'nice and cool'. While the
heatspreader's cooling effect is negligible, they do protect the fragile DRAM from potential physical
PCStats Test Methodology and