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Memory Timings

AVA Direct uses Kingston HyperX PC2-8500 1 GB memory modules at 778 MHz Data Rate

Digital Storm uses Corsair Dominator PC2-8500 1 GB memory modules at full speed

  Memory Timing AVA Direct Digital Storm Explanation of the Timing
tCL CAS Latency 5 5 Delay between the CAS signal and the availability of valid data on the data pins (DQ).
tRCD RAS to CAS Delay 5 5 Delay before a read/write command after bank activation. The cells need to be stabilized by sense amplifiers for proper operation.
tRP RAS Precharge (Row to Row) 5 5 Time delay needed to close one row access and open a new one.
tRAS RAS Active to Precharge Delay 15 15 Minimum RAS activation time delay, or the time from the bank activate command until the precharge command can be executed.
CR Chip Select Issue Delay (Command Rate) 2 2 Time needed between the chip select signal and when commands can be issued to the RAM module IC.
tRRD RAS to RAS Delay (Between Banks) 3 3 Row to Row delay from one bank to one on another active bank.
tRC RAS to RAS Delay - Bank Cycle Time (Same Bank) 20 20 Row to Row delay on the same bank. One row discharges and another is activated. (Minimum time of tRAS = tRP).
tWR Write Recovery Time 5 5 Delay between writes to ensure proper writing to the cells. Ideally, tRAS minus tRCD, to ensure that a premature RAS precharge does not wipe out the data.
tWTR Write to Read Delay 9 9 The delay to prep the bus for read after a write. (Turn on or off the appropriate I/O buffers, clear existing data, etc.)
tREF DRAM Auto-Refresh Rate 7.8 7.8 Rate at which the DRAM’s charge is refreshed, in microseconds. Prevents corruption by sending data to sense amplifiers and back to the refreshed cell.
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