by Rob Williams on March 12, 2007 in Memory
Kingston is not willing to allow other performance memory companies hog all the limelight. Their current line-up proves that point well. Today we are taking a look at their screaming fast PC2-9200 ram. Let’s see how it compares to the competition.
Here, we compare our overclocks of the memory being reviewed alongside other recently evaluated sticks. These graphs include benchmarks with each kit of ram at DDR2-1000 4-4-4-12-13 2.1v along with each kits own top overclock. While the DDR2-1000 results should not vary much, the top end overclocks will, given that each kit will top out differently.
For reference, here are the top overclocks for each kit of ram included:
- Corsair Dominator PC2-9136 – 635MHz 5-5-5-18-16 2.5v (2.85GHz CPU)
- OCZ Flex XLC PC2-9200 – 625MHz 5-5-5-18-16 2.5v (2.81GHz CPU)
- Kingston HyperX PC2-9200 – 621.5MHz 5-5-5-18-13 2.5v (2.79GHz CPU)
- OCZ Ti Alpha VX2 PC2-8000 – 620MHz 5-5-5-18-13 2.5v (2.79GHz CPU)
- OCZ DFI Special PC2-9000 – 615MHz 5-5-5-18-13 2.5v (2.76GHz CPU)
Compared to OCZs VX2 and DFI Special, the Kingston dominated. It fell short compared to the Flex XLC and Dominator, however.
Kingston had one of the lowest times for our PC2-8000 results, was beat out by everything else in the top overclock.
Our DDR2-1000 results are what we’d expect… all similar. Corsairs kit too the lead though, thanks to the extra CPU freq.
Overall, not bad results at all. Kingstons 9200 kit fell behind the others, but primarily in the tests where it lacked CPU frequency due to the fact that it would not overclock as high.
It wasn’t until last year that I was well aware that Kingston delivered such high-performance kits, but with each one they release I am even more impressed. Although the results didn’t keep quite up to our OCZ Flex and Corsair Dominator, it has been at least $40 cheaper at every e-tailer I came across. So for the speed/$ ratio, it’s superb. If you want to overclock and see the best possible results out of your system, then one of the other kits would better suit you.
I regret not also having the 9600 kit here to compare to. I was unaware of the small price difference until I received this one. Although I haven’t had a chance to use that kit, it would be hard to not recommend it instead, if you do indeed find a retailer that sells it for only dollars more than the 9200. As it stands, that is one of the highest performance kits on the market for a price substantially lower than the others. To be fair, the others charge a lot more thanks to their fancy heat spreaders. It’s up to you to decide whether you’d rather a special heatspreader or not. Either way, you will want to use a fan if overclocking is in the plan.
Thanks to it’s good value and high performance, I am going to award the Kingston 9200 kit a 9 out of 10.
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