Mushkin XP2-6400 DDR2 2gb Kit
Published: 1st June 2006 | Source: Mushkin | Price: |Test Setup
Processor: Intel P4 630 3.0ghz Prescott 2mb Cache 800mhz FSB
Motherboard: Abit AW8D (Intel 975X Chipset)
Graphics Card: XFX 6600GT PCI-E
Hard Disk: Hitachi Deskstar 80gb SATA-II 8mb Cache
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 560w
Software: Windows XP SP2
When benchmarking the XP2-6400 I wanted to be sure to cover all angles. Some people like to run their memory at low latencies (mostly gamers), some like to run their memory at high frequencies, whilst others prefer a mixture of both settings. Below is some information regarding the testing procedures and their results:
The XP2-6400 overcome the first hurdle, being able to run at rated stock timings of 4-4-3-10 at DDR800 with 1.8v. Too many times I've seen people not being able to run memory at rated timings - so this is a good start for Mushkin!
Lowest Timings at Stock
Many people may not be running their memory above the rated DDR800 speeds but might wish to gain a slight performance boost by lowering their timings. The XP2-6400 was able to run at 4-3-3-6, DDR800 with the maximum recommended voltage of 2.1v. These timings are quite impressive for DDR2, which is known for its high latency.
Lowest Timings Overall
For those of us with processors utilising a 533fsb and seeking low latency memory you will be pleased to hear that the XP2-6400 achieved timings of 3-3-2-6 at DDR667 with 2.1v. This is great news if you wish to keep your processor at stock speeds, but tweak your memory settings for extra performance.
Many overclockers are not fond of using dividers to slow down their memory whilst pushing up the speeds of the processor, so for this test I loosened the memory timings to 5-5-5-15, applied 2.1v to the memory and managed to achieve a maximum stable overclock of DDR920. This is quite a reasonable overclock for 1gb modules, as they are well known for not being as overclock friendly as their 512mb counterparts.