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DDR2 & DDR3 Memory Roundup: Corsair, Patriot, GeIL, Elixir Print E-mail
Written by Dimitar Dinchev a.k.a. Veseliq   
Monday, 27 July 2009

Recently the Modreactor lab got flooded with various memory kits. And though initially we were considering a series of reviews, eventually we decided to write a single mega article comparing different type, latency, volume and frequency modules in not only scaling performance and different platforms, but also in the field of subjective general feel about them, describing what we liked (or disliked) in each of them. And so, it's about time we get to the ultimate comparison of DDR2 and DDR3 memory kits with Core 2, Core i7 and Phenom II based systems!

Honestly, the reason behind the creation of this mega memory article is the level of disorientation amongst users when it comes to choosing the proper RAM memory for any given system. This confusion about the importance of memory for the system is to great extent caused by forums that contain posts with dubious value like "Bah, is no important what kind of memory you use, just get lots", "If you play games get fast one, difference is huge!!!", "Dude get sooome <> all 1337 h4x0rz do!". You get the picture. That is why we are going to attempt to dispel some of that confusion by running tests on memory modules of 10 different types, with varying volume, latency, frequency and platforms, under various conditions in order to determine what memory of which type is best suited for precise system and conditions.

Tested memory modules:

  • DDR2 2x2GB Elixir Gaming 1066MHz 6-6-6-18
  • DDR2 2x1GB GeIL Black Dragon 1066MHz 5-5-5-15
  • DDR3 2x1GB A-Data Extreme Edition 1600MHz 7-7-7-20 1.75-1.95V
  • DDR3 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1.8V
  • DDR3 3x1GB GeIL EVOONE 2000MHz 9-9-9-31 1.65V
  • DDR3 3x2GB Elixir Gaming 1600MHz 9-9-9-28
  • DDR3 3x2GB Patriot Viper 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1.65V

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