Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch

DDR2 Memory Vendors

Corsair was the first memory manufacturer to send us DDR2 DIMMs.

Basically everybody will try to participate in the race for DDR2 market shares. Corsair, Kingston, Micron/Crucial and Samsung were among the first companies that sent us working products for review. In the meantime GeIL, Kingmax, OCZ, Mushkin and others should also be well prepared by now.

Most DDR2-533 memory DIMMs are validated to run CL4.0-4-4-12 timings. However, the Micron memory was able to run at CL3.0-3-3-6 timing. Sadly, the faster timings have practically zero impact on the performance numbers. It looks like DDR2 will put its name on the map only by virtue of its clock speed potential. We did a couple of benchmark runs with DDR400, DDR2-400 and DDR2-533 to get a feeling of how DDR2 memory will scale. Each test was done in single and dual channel setups.

Intel included a pair of 512 MB Micron DIMMs with their reviewer’s kit, but we also received some DDR2 DIMMs directly from Crucial. Basically, these products are identical.

Being one of the biggest memory vendors worldwide, Kingston was very fast with providing DDR2-533 as well.

That’s the memory Intel provided with their reviewer’s kits.

The Samsung DDR2 DIMMs, courtesy of Gigabyte.

  1. Intel's 775 Launch Mixes Ambition With A Strong Aftertaste
  2. First Contact
  3. Obstacles And Hurdles
  4. More Findings
  5. New Socket: LGA 775
  6. LGA 775 Processor Installation
  7. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  8. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  9. MSI's CPU Installation Tool
  10. Transitional Products
  11. Poor Thing: Intel Reference Cooler
  12. New Processors: P4 Prescott Up To 3.6 GHz
  13. Specification Overview
  14. Model And Pricing Information
  15. Processor Overview
  16. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV
  17. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV, Continued
  18. 925X Express Chipset
  19. 915G Express Chipset
  20. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  21. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  22. 915P Express Chipset
  23. Chipset Devices
  24. Intel Puts The Lock On Overclocking
  25. How To Unlock The Overclocking Lock
  26. New Memory: DDR2-533, Continued
  27. DDR2 Memory Vendors
  28. Intel Flex Memory Technology
  29. New Interlink: PCI Express
  30. More SATA, More RAID, More Ports
  31. Matrix RAID
  32. Creating A RAID Array
  33. More HD Performance For Free: Command Queuing
  34. More Networking: Intel Wireless Connect Technology
  35. New Audio: High Definition Audio
  36. Asus P5AD2 Premium
  37. Foxconn 925A01
  38. Test Setup
  39. Benchmarks And Settings
  40. Platform Benchmarks
  41. DirectX 8 Benchmarks
  42. DirectX 8 Benchmarks, Continued
  43. DirectX 9 Benchmarks, Continued
  44. Video Benchmarks
  45. Video Benchmarks, Continued
  46. Application Benchmarks
  47. Application Benchmarks, Continued
  48. Synthetic Benchmarks
  49. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  50. Processor Power Consumption
  51. Integrated Graphics Benchmarks
  52. Game Benchmarks
  53. Halo
  54. Far Cry
  55. Video Performance
  56. Networking Benchmarks
  57. Storage Subsystem Benchmarks
  58. Conclusion
  59. A Final Note
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  • So how do you unlock it?