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

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging

Nothing really changes when it comes to the packaging used on most manufacturers memory kits. The favorite without doubt, is still the clear moulded plastic blister pack. Maybe this is because it allows for the modules to easily be placed on retailers shelves and gives the sexy modules inside maximum exposure, or perhaps it's because it adds very little extra to the overall cost of the modules. Either way, it's here to stay, and we can see that Mushkin have adopted this method on their HP2-6400 kit as seen below.

Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Packaging Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Packaging

Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Packaging

The last time we reviewed a Mushkin HP kit was back in June 06, and since then the card insert used behind the modules has had a bit of a design refresh. Moving from a dark black and purple look to a much more refreshing green and white Mushkin colour scheme, the modules would certainly stand out if you passed them in a PC hardware store.

As a side note, Mushkin have gone to the trouble of sealing the packaging shut by melting both corners. This proved to be extremely effective as I had a hard time removing the modules without ripping the packaging apart.


Appearance

As with all of Mushkin performance kits, the HP2-6400 modules come with the trademark FrostByte heatspeaders. The HP range have always been colour coded Blue as we can see below (and in our previous HP2-5300 2GB review), with the higher-end XP2 range using a more menacing Black.

Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Front Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Back

Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Crossed Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Open

It's good to see Mushkin using the new company logo on their heatspreaders. In my opinion this looks much better than the older green and purple logo and alleviates the problem where the purple text could not be seen very well against the blue heatspreader.

Mushkin have chosen both double-sided thermal tape and clips at top of the modules to hold the heatspreaders in place. Surprisingly I found them quite easy to remove, meaning if you'd rather put your own 3rd party cooling solution on there, you shouldn't have too many problems.
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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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