Corsair XMS TWINX2048-3200 2GB Kit
Published: 8th July 2006 | Source: Newegg | Price: |Test Setup
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 512K Cache, OC: 2710MHz (271x10) @ 1.566v, 4x HTT Multi
Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (nVidia nForce4 Ultra)
Graphics Card: HIS X1900GT IceQ 3 @ 700/800
Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache
Power Supply: Tagan 2Force 480w (Single Rail Mode)
Software: Windows XP Home SP-2
Counter Strike: Source was run at my usual settings of 1600x1200, maximum graphics settings with 4x AA and 16x AF, with HDR Enabled. Color correction is disabled.
When testing & benching the XMS, I wanted to make sure I covered all ground on performance and overclocking. Everyone has their own preference on how they like to run their ram. Low latency vs. high clock speed... so I tried to cover them both. Below is some information regarding the testing procedures and their results:
The XMS does great at stock timings and settings. Providing both quick speeds and very stable operation, this ram blazed through all the benchmarks at stock without a hiccup.
Lowest Timings at Stock Frequency
I left the voltage at 2.6v which is stock for this memory, and tightened the RAM timings. I got to 2.5-3-3-6, after a few CMOS Clears.
Highest Frequency Overall
The highest I could get while maintaining a 1:1 ratio with the CPU & RAM was 225MHz, which also happens to be the max for both 3-3-3-8 @ 3-4-4-8, so naturally I tested at 3-3-3-8. Since that eliminates the possibility of any higher clocking, I decided to bench with my 24/7 settings too, with the CPU at 2.71GHz and the RAM at 225MHz. Sadly though, I only gained 25MHz over stock.
Highest Frequency at Highest CPU MHz
This is my 24/7 stable setting. The CPU at 2.7GHz, and the RAM at 225MHz 3-3-3-8 @ 2.6v. With the max frequency on the RAM and stock timings, this is stable as a rock.