by Rob Williams on July 19, 2006 in Miscellaneous
If you are thinking of jumping onto the PC2-8000 bandwagon, there is surprisingly much more choice now than there was just two months ago. Like other PC2-8000 kits we have tested, A-Datas is seriously fast, but is it worth your hard earned cash?
As mentioned in the intro, A-Data is not really a common name thrown around when discussing memory with other enthusiasts. While they are popular in other Countries, it’s apparent that they want a taste of the North American market, which is clearly evidenced by these modules. They chose to use Microns best offering in terms of speed, which will please everyone from the laid-back computer guy to the hardcore overclocker. Without a doubt, these are very fast modules.
Do I recommend the Vitesta PC2-8000? I don’t even need to think before I answer with a wholehearted “Yes!”. There are a couple predicaments that may hold you back from an immediate purchase though. First, I have no idea where you can yet purchase them. I am awaiting a reply from A-Data on the matter, and once I hear a reply I will add a link to the end of this article. The second problem is the fact that there are -many- other enthusiast modules on the market. Not only PC2-8000 kits, but ones with the same chips. So you will really have to shop around if you want the best price.
If these modules hit an e-tailer for around $400, it will be considered a great buy. After a quick skim at a popular e-tailer, the lowest PC2-8000 modules I found were $395, and are of the ‘hit or miss with overclocking’ variety. Considering these modules use some of the best overclocking chips on the market, it’s hard to go wrong. If you want the “ultimate” module out right now though, you will need to spring up to $500 for Corsairs 6400C3… which are rarely in stock lately.
After it’s all said and done, I am awarding the Vitesta PC2-8000 a well deserved 9 out of 10. Because the modules do not appear to be released yet, I am not going to hold back any of the score due to the price. If it launches competitively priced to equivalent modules out there, then the score is right on the ‘money’. If it happens to launch for much higher, it would deserve an 8 out of 10.
- Extremely fast
- Highly overclockable
- 4-4-4 timings is simple out of the box at stock speeds
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