Corsair In The Fast Lane: DDR2-667 and DDR400 With Extreme Timing

Up To 374 MHz Or DDR2-750 Possible!

In our initial tests with the 667 memory, we actually managed to lower clock cycles for several parameters from 4 to 3, without this having a significant effect on benchmark results. Hence, it makes more sense to overlock the entire system. When we did this, we got a clock speed of 374 MHz tops, which translates to a hypothetical value of DDR2-750. Although a 2.0 V supply voltage was necessary to achieve this, it did not cause any hiccups, as the memory still stayed only warm to the touch.

Conclusion : Lead Confirmed

The name that Corsair has built up for itself over the last few years as an exclusive memory-maker is facing mounting challenges from others. Traditional manufacturers like Kingston, Micron und Samsung as well as a host of newcomers are all elbowing their way into various niches in the memory market, leaving opportunities for point-scoring restricted to those who can add special features and get them in the stores quickly.

Corsair’s low latency 3200XL Pro DDR400 DIMMs are the first DDR modules for operation with ideal timings to join the range for almost a year. Technically speaking, there is no better choice, especially for Athlon 64 systems that are more sensitive to differences in memory performance than P4 PCs.

The DDR2-667 generation, meanwhile, is only just starting out in life. Because deliveries will start with small quantities, and the first genuine 667-capable chipset will not appear until fall at the earliest, we can only recommend these modules to enthusiasts with the means to part with the $400 asking price. In return, the added value is plain to see, even on new, heavily overclocked 915/925 systems.