Does memory really need an introduction? We all know what it does. We know that our PC's need it in order to function properly. Most of us know that the more of it we have, the better....usually. But is all memory created equally? You might ask, why should I purchase Mushkin over Generic? Mushkin is $89 for 128megs, whereas I can get a stick of 128megs generic for $50 or less.
Introduction: Does memory really need an introduction? We all know what it does. We know that our PC's need it in order to function properly. Most of us know that the more of it we have, the better....usually. But is all memory created equally? You might ask, why should I purchase Mushkin over Generic? Mushkin is $89 for 128megs, whereas I can get a stick of 128megs generic for $50 or less.
Well my friends. I'm here to tell you there is a BIG difference in memory. Especially if you are a tweaker by nature, and intend on sqeezing every last ounce of performance out of your system by..dare I say...Overclocking. Yes, generic will get you by, if you are the type to read a little email here and there, maybe pull up MS Word, or cruise MSNBC.com looking for the latest news update. But then again, if that were you, I doubt you would be here with us checking out some High Performance Mushkin Rev3 High Density Memory now would ya? No, I didn't think so.
Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems was nice enough to provide us with a stick of one of the most well know quality brands of overclockers memory available today, and we are damn sure gonna show you folks what this memory is capable of, and if it might be right for you.
Lets take a quick look at the memory specsheet:
Hand Picked High Yield!
Rated 2-2-2 @ 150
Uses 128-Megabit Chips
16Mx8 chip density
168pin 3.3v DIMM
Looking pretty good from here. Mushkin also states that their memory is tested compatible with the following Chipsets: VIA KX133, KT133(a), KM133, PM133, Apollo Pro 133(a), MVP3, MVP4, SIS 730S and 630S, and Intel i815(e)(ep), i810(e), BX, GX, and i820(e) (with MTH of course) chispet based motherboards like the ABIT KT7(-RAID), ASUS A7V, ASUS CUSL2, MSI i815E Pro, MSI 694D Pro, and ASUS P3V4X.
You'll notice all the big chipsets are in there, and even some of the off wall smaller ones. I cannot confirm nor deny any compatibility issues, but I have yet to hear of any problems concerning Mushkin Memory. And it sure as hell runs like a champ for us here at the OCA. I seriously doubt compatibilty will even be an issue. Lets checkout installation.
Installation: Before I get into installation of the memory, let me touch on the Mushkin packaging very quickly. Probably one of the most well known features of Mushkin memory (besides it's high performance) is the Bubble Bag it is shipped in. Very simple, and brilliant to say the least. The memory is actually in it's own thin sleeve surrounded by air, keeping it nice and safe for shipping. Take a look.
Ingenious if you ask me. I've seen it in several reviews and pictures but having it in my hands was nice. Very impressive stuff. Here's a few larger snaps to take a look if you want.
Ok, lets continue on with the installation process. Installing this memory was no different than any other, so I'm going to make this simple. Here is a pic of the Abit KT7A RAID with no memory:
Now here's a pic of me putting the memory in dimm slot #3.
Here's a few more gratuitous pics of the memory installed. These were just too sweet to pass up showing you folks. They are huge, so only check 'em out if you have a good connection. But trust me, they are well worth it.
You'll notice the PCB is actually a nice shinny black, instead of the boring pea soup green we are used to. A nice touch for folks that take pride on what the innards of their casa looks like. Lets head over to page 3 and checkout the BIOS setup and performance.
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