long been the choice of Intel systems with speeds
continually rising while latencies are falling.
Recently Corsair announced the fastest DDR2 we’ve
heard of (in terms of outright MHZ). It is always
enjoyable to receive something that is the “fastest”
and today’s review product is on paper the
fastest DDR2 available. We will take a look at performance
and how it could improve a system currently running
some high specified DDR2-800 (PC-6400).
is a pretty standard affair and in the case of their
XMS2 PC8500 that continues to be the case. These
modules come in the plastic packet (yes we still
wish companies would use something more protective)
and underneath the sticks there is an insert which
gives you marketing information.
which Corsair sent us are rated as PC-8500 which
means they run at 1066Mhz. The timings Corsair have
chosen to use are 5-5-5-15 which is quite impressive
as many DDR2-800 sticks are actually around the
same timings. The voltage used by the memory is
2.2v for 1066mhz operation.
As you can
see from the above picture the modules feature Corsairs
standard heatsink design, a black aluminium spreader.
Attached to the heatspreader is a sticker with the
module details printed upon it. As these are desktop
DDR2 modules they use 240pins and our review samples
are 512mb sticks which feature 8x64mb Micron D chips.
Turning the stick over we
can see the heatspreader is attached to both sides
of the module, no surprise there, and that there
is a further sticker showing the Corsair branding.
look at the performance of the sticks it should
be noted that the SPD settings for these modules
are actually 800mhz 5-5-5-15. So if your board doesn’t
allow any higher setting than DDR2-800 the sticks
will still work perfectly well. Higher settings
are achieved through BIOS configuration.