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Corsair PC3200 XL Low Latency RAM Review
By: Memphist0
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    Table of Contents:
  • Corsair PC3200 XL Low Latency RAM Review
  • The Modules
  • Test System Setup
  • Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra and AIDA32
  • Benchmarks: PiFast and RazorLame
  • Benchmarks: 3DMark01 and Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Conclusion

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    Corsair PC3200 XL Low Latency RAM Review - Test System Setup

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    We tested the memory with Intel's i875 chipset due to its ability for high bus speeds and extraordinary memory performance.

    Motherboard- Abit IC7-Max3 BIOS 14
    Processor- Pentium IV 2.4 GHz
    - Pentium IV 2.4 GHz @ 3.2GHz
    Video Card- ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
    Hard Drive- Western Digital Raptor Serial ATA 74GB 10,000 RPM drive
    Operating System- Windows XP Pro SP1
    Power Supply- Antec TrueControl 550
    RAM- 2x512MB Corsair PC3200 XL
    - 2x512MB Corsair TwinX PC4400

    Additionally, we tested these memory modules in two other systems for compatibility: an ASUS A7X8X-Deluxe, and P4R800-V Deluxe. The ASUS A7X8X-Deluxe, based on the nForce2 chipset, had no problems at all with these modules and was able to run them at their rated timings and speed. The second system, an ASUS P4R800-V Deluxe based on ATI's 9100 IGP chipset did have some difficulties with the modules when they were run with the 2-2-2-5 timings. Once we loosened the timings to 2.5-3-3-6 the system ran without any problems. (This wasn’t surprising since the P4R800-V has historically had problems with any RAM at tight timings. This could be due to the limited DDR voltage options on the P4R800-V, or because of the integrated video.)

    Benchmarks were run with the processor at the stock speed of 2.4 GHz with a 200MHz system bus. The PC3200 XL was run with its rated timings of 2-2-2-5 and the TwinX PC4400 at its rated 3-4-4-8. The benchmarks were then run again with the processor at 3.2 GHz and a system bus speed of 250MHz. The PC3200 XL required the 5:4 ratio to be used, effectively running at its stock 200MHz. The PC3200XL kept its 2-2-2-5 timings. The TwinX PC4400 was run with a 1:1 ratio at PC4000 speeds and 3-4-4-8 timings.

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