Live Memory Test: Overclock 'Em Till They Crash


What's The Fastest Memory For Overclocking?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who builds the fastest memory of all? That's what this test could be subtitled! Yes, it's curtains up on a new live stress test; THG's most demanding mode of testing is entering its fifth round.

Everything began last year, with the idea of giving our readers more transparency by running tests using video cameras, microphones and sensors. In this way, various data and processes could be tracked and presented while the machines were running.

During this live test we focus on memory modules, which we will be testing to determine maximum speed. In the run-up to the tests, we selected five manufacturers, who must now prove their mettle with their current DDR2 modules. DDR2 memory is used for all current Intel platforms and future AMD systems, which is why we chose it over DDR. The basis for this test is our comprehensive memory roundup, which you can find here.

So what's new? This time, we compared the test samples sent in by the manufacturers with identical modules bought from retailers. We wanted to find out whether manufacturers were sending us hand-picked modules that people cannot buy from retail outlets. Or to put it another way, we wanted to find out: are they cheating or not?

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