Mushkin HP2-6400 (PC2-6400) 4GB DDR2 Kit

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction

With games and applications using more and more memory, it's becoming increasingly obvious that soon your trusty 2GB kit won't be enough to keep your PC happy. In addition to this, Microsoft's latest version of Windows - Vista uses over 600mb of ram out of the box, leaving much less space than its predecessor for background applications and games.

It wasn't going to be long before memory manufacturers realised the need to bring 4GB kits to the enthusiast market, and Denver based Mushkin Inc. were one of the first to bring theirs into production. We've reviewed several kits from Mushkin in the past and all have recieved awards for their great performance and price. Today I'll be looking at their HP2-6400 4GB Kit. Designed for performance on a budget, how will these modules compare in overclock-ability and performance to the plethora of 2GB kits available at present. However, before we get started let's take a look at some information on Mushkin the company:

Founded in 1994, Mushkin is best known for producing “Enhanced” memory modules. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado Mushkin provides performance enhanced computer products to users worldwide. Exceptional quality, enhanced performance and unparalleled customer support are what make Mushkin products the best in the industry.

Mushkin products include an enhanced power supply line and a complete selection of memory upgrades for desktops, servers and notebooks – we offer something for everyone from business user to gamer. Our enhanced memory products are available in several performance categories from standard to extreme, with our REDLINETM series in a class of its own. Our enhanced power supply line offers superb regulation and ripple characteristics, modularity and plenty of power to supply the most demanding systems.

With customers including everyone from Apple Computer and NASA to gamers and web browsers, Mushkin knows what is important to customers - enhanced performance with uncompromised quality. With Mushkin you Get More.


Specifications

The following information has been taken directly from Mushkin's website:

Mushkin High Performance (HP) Series memory products offer outstanding performance and value for the budget-minded enthusiast. Every module is engineered to outperform the competition at an attractive price point without sacrificing any of the Mushkin quality that you've come to trust.

Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Specs Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB IC's

Frequency: 800MHz
Latency: 5-4-4-12
Parity: Unbuffered
Voltage: 2.0-2.2V
Pins: 240
Module Density: 256x64
Chip Density: 128x8

With a stock voltage of 2.0v there certainly shouldn't be any problem getting the HP2-6400 kit working on a non-enthuisast motherboard with limited vdimm options. More interestingly, Mushkin have catered for the enthusiast by guaranteeing these modules up to a maximum of 2.2v, which should allow us to squeeze a reasonable amount of extra performance out of them without throwing away our lifetime warranty.

The HP2-6400 kit is based on D9GSV IC's manufactured by Micron. With this being the first 4GB kit we've reviewed here at Overclock3D using these IC's, the overclocking section of the review will certainly be a new experience for us. However, if the results from previous Micron D9 based 2GB kits are anything to go by, we should see some decent results.
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Most Recent Comments

13-05-2007, 10:43:45

JN
"With 2gb becoming more of the 'norm', many people are looking into 4GB kits to satisfy their memory hungry games and applications. Today we look at Mushkin's 4GB PC2-6400 kit to see how it performs."

Linky

13-05-2007, 10:58:43

ionicle
awsome review, damn nice ram, i've been seeing all these 4 gig kits comming out, and wondering if they were actually any good, performance wise, since performance > quantity for some things, or so i thought

looks like i've been proven wrong

looks good

13-05-2007, 11:00:52

equk
good review

not sure if it's just me but the quote text seems tiny

13-05-2007, 12:34:29

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='equk'
not sure if it's just me but the quote text seems tiny
Yeah since the homepage layout changed the font also changed, making the quote font really small

13-05-2007, 13:30:16

Toxcity
Nice review!

I like the fact of the warrented up to 2.2v!

13-05-2007, 16:10:29

Hyper
Excellent review Jimbo

Still I think 2gb is quite sufficent for the average gamer.

14-05-2007, 10:45:22

FragTek
Sure that RAM won't go any higher mate? Eldonko was able to get 534 out of his @ 2.2v and timed @ 5-4-4 rather easily.
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