Without a doubt, DDR2 memory is becoming increasing popular, especially with an AM2 launch coming up. Corsair has given us some memory that’s worth talking about. While it’s only a 1GB kit, it’s the fastest 1GB kit you can get your mitts on.
So what have we gathered from all of our benchmarks? This stuff is FAST. Without a doubt, this should prove to be the fastest 1GB kit you can buy for your DDR2 system today. Sadly, our benchmarks don’t even show the full raw power of these modules because of our limited CPU. If you have an EE processor with a stock 1066FSB, then these modules will really shine. If you are an extreme overclocker, these modules have been known to hit near 600MHz. So despite them being ‘topped out’ as is, there is still a lot of overclocking fun to be had.
So the question really stands.. even though these are the fastest 1GB modules in existence, is it worth it to buy more than say.. a 2GB kit? I didn’t do much gaming tests with these modules, except Half-Life 2 which of course ran smooth. When moving up to games like Battlefield 2 though, it’s obvious why 2GB kits are selling so quickly today. Of course, some people only have a need for a 1GB kit, and for the ultra performance, this kit should be right up your alley.
I have read some stories of people who own two of these kits for a 4 * 512MB configuration, but have yet to see any performance reports on it. If you are one of those people who plan on going this route, you will want to make sure you have a great motherboard capable of handling that much strain on your memory controller.
So, is this ram worth the $230US asking price? Well, that’s obviously for you to decide. There’s only one other PC2-8500 kit on the market that I know of, but I have been unable to see it for sale on any website… so that makes it not so available after all. Personally, I have become so addicted to 2GB kits that I would have to take that route. If you are in the need for an extreme 1GB kit, then you cannot go wrong with this one. Just make sure the rest of your computer can keep up ;)
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