Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Page: 1 Introduction
With its headquarters in San Jose, California, Super Talent have been designing and manufacturing memory modules of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years. This may come as a shock to some of us, as in the UK at least Super Talent is a relatively unheard of name.
The Super Talent product line is divided into two major categories: Flash memory and DDR/2 memory. Today I'll be taking a look at Super Talent's high-end overclocker orientated DDR2 memory modules with speeds rated at DDR2-1000 and timings of 5-5-5-15. But first let's take at what Super Talent say about themselves:
Engineered in Silicon Valley Counting 20 years of Memory Industry experience, Super Talent relies on technical research and its commitment to product development to deliver leading edge memory products to the market. Remaining at the fore-front of today's fast paced evolution in technology, Super Talent holds multiple patents on DRAM and Flash module design as well as on manufacturing processes. Actually, Super Talent is ranked among the top memory solutions manufacturers in terms of total patents applied under memory device categories.
State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Super Talent utilizes advanced technology and leading-edge components to produce high quality products with outstanding reliability. Our US based production facility stands as one of the largest and most advanced memory module factories in the USA.
Quality Assurance Sold under the brand name SuperTalentTM, every memory product from the production line is subject to essential hardware and software testing standards for consistency and functionality. Our memory modules are rigorously qualified in Super Talent's compatibility labs, and are then tested and approved by many top motherboard manufacturers. Our intensive quality control and testing procedures are designed to ensure the highest possible product quality.
Service and Support SuperTalent memory modules and USB drives are backed with excellent service and support, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Description The T1000UX2G5 is a high performance 2GB kit of DDR2-1000 DIMMs that supports extreme clock speeds. It is ideal for Gamers, power users and overclockers, and is perfectly suited for the fastest new Intel and AMD platforms.
This kit has been tested and is guaranteed to operate at 1000MHz at 5-5-5-15 latencies at 2.2 volts. It has been tested as a matched pair of modules in a dual channel motherboard to ensure ultimate reliability, compatibility and performance.
These modules are clad in our custom blue cast aluminum high-efficiency (HE) heatspreaders for optimum thermal performance. Efficient cooling is essential to optimize speed and to preserve the life of the DIMMs.
Module Features - 2x 240-pin DDR2 DIMMs - Non-ECC, Unbuffered - 2GB kit (2x 128Mx64) - DDR2-1000, 5-5-5-15 latencies - Dual rank - Chip Architecture: 2x 16 chips, 64Mx8 - Cast aluminum high-efficiency (HE) heatspreader - SPD*: DDR2-800, 5-5-5-15 latencies - Made in USA - Super Talent Lifetime Warranty
Test Specs These modules are tested and guaranteed to operate at these specs. - DDR2-1000 / PC2-8000 - 5-5-5-15 Latencies (CAS, tRCD, tRP, tRAS) - Test Voltage: 2.2V - Tested on Asus P5WD2 - Tested as a matched pair in a dual channel motherboard
It's great to see that Super Talent modules are provided with a lifetime warranty, however they neglect to mention if this warranty covers the modules running at voltages higher than the rated 2.2v. As these modules are marketed at overclockers it would be good to see the warranty conditions clearly stated on the website.
The T1000UX2G5 modules are double sided and make use of D9GKX IC's manufactured by Micron. I've read mixed reports on how these IC's perform, but in general they should be better at achieving higher frequencies than the D9GMH used by many other manufacturers to achieve DDR2-1000.
Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Page: 2 Packaging
Super Talent have chosen to package their modules in a 'blister-pack' style packet. This method seems to be a favourite among memory manufacturers, with companies such as OCZ and G.Skill using exactly the same design.
The backing card used in the packet is very plain and uses an orange gradient background with blue text throughout. Personally I think that Super Talent could have made the design a little more 'snazzy' as it doesn't exactly jump out at you.
Using solid aluminium heatspreaders painted in light blue and the Super Talent logo embossed across the length of the heatspreader in brushed silver, the modules can certainly be described as 'unique' in the looks department and received mixed opinions between the staff here at OC3D.
The heatspreaders are affixed to the modules using double sided thermal sticky pads that allow for fairly easy removal should you want to use an alternative cooling solution.
Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Page: 3 Test Setup
Processor: Intel Core2Duo E6700 "Conroe" Motherboard: Asus Striker Extreme 680i (unmodded) Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI X1900XT 512mb Hard Disks: 2x Hitachi Deskstar 80gb SATA-II 8mb Cache (RAID0) Power Supply: PCP&C Silencer 850w Operating System: Windows XP SP2
The latest wave of motherboard chipsets from Nvidia (680i) and ATI (RD600) have brought with them an interesting feature called memory 'unlinking'. This allows for the memory speed to be run independently of the CPU's front-side bus, and essentially allows us to benchmark memory at various speeds without changing any other system settings such as CPU speed. This feature has been used in the benchmarks below, and for this reason results in these tests cannot be compared with any results from previous OC3D reviews.
Stock Settings (500mhz / 5-5-5-15 / 2.2v)
The first test involved ensuring that the memory could run stable at stock speeds. This may seem a bit of a strange test, but unfortunately some modules we've tested here at OC3D in the past have fallen over at this first hurdle.
I'm pleased to say that the Super Talent passed the stock testing with flying colours, managing to run at 5-5-5-15/DDR2-1000 with 2.2v on our Asus Striker Extreme test bed.
Highest Frequency @ Stock Timings (566 / 5-5-5-15 / 2.5v)
Without sacrificing the memory latency I set out to find out the maximum frequency that these modules were capable of. By increasing the voltage to 2.4v I was able to push the modules up to 566mhz (DDR2-1132) - a reasonably respectable overclock of over 10% with only a 0.2v increase in voltage.
Lowest Timings @ Stock Frequency (500mhz / 4-4-4-12 / 2.4v)
It is well known that gamers prefer to run their memory at low latencies (rather than high frequencies) as this is an easily tweakable setting and provides decent benefits in most games.
After a little tweaking the modules managed impressive timings of 4-4-4-12 - a very respectable result for modules designed to run at more relaxed timings of 5-5-5-15.
Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Page: 4 Benchmark Results
From the graphs below we can see that there was very little difference in results on Everest and SuperPI benchmarks regardless of settings. This goes to show that the Intel Core2Duo processor and Nvidia 680i chipset combination does not suffer from any kind of memory speed bottleneck and the larger speed increases can only be obtained by increasing the CPU speed. Regardless of this, the T1000UX2G5 performed very well obtaining almost 9GB/s on the Everest Read benches.
Once again we can see that the results from both the synthetic and 3D-based benchmarks are extremely similar regardless of the memory timings and frequencies used. As mentioned before this is largely down to memory speed not being the bottleneck in our test systems configuration.
However, it would seem that the most benefits to be had are by decreasing the memory timings, which in almost all cases offered marginally better results than running the memory at higher frequencies.
Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Page: 6 Conclusion
With the ability to reach speeds up to DDR2-1132 or latencies as low as 4-4-4-12 when pumped with 2.4v the Super Talent T1000UX2G5 kit is certainly no slouch. The use of Micron D9 IC's has also gone a long way to ensuring that these modules will be a popular choice for the overclocking community, and also a 'safe bet' when maximum compatibility is required.
As you will have seen in the pictures, the modules feature some hefty aluminium heatspreaders that do a good job of keeping the modules cool, but their looks may not be to everyone's taste.
The kit sells at SuperTalent's UK distributer at the price of £269.95 . This is a decent value considering similar speed kits from the likes of Corsair are around £400, and so the modules have attained a price score of 8.
Pro's • Ability to run up to DDR2-1132 at stock timings. • Capable of 4-4-4-12 timings at stock DDR2-1000 speeds. • Competitive price in the UK
A big thanks to Super Talent for making this review possible.
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Update on Packaging/Appearance
SuperTalent have got back to us about their packaging and the modules appearance. They have said that their primary goal is to get out good quality, fast and reliable products right now, but the modules will be updated in a few months time with gamers in mind. We'll keep you informed