Today's games and applications are becoming more and more demanding for system memory to ensure both smooth gaming and workflow. A fresh installation of WindowsXP alone can already take up to 500 MB of RAM. With the use of additional software like virus scanners and other tools, the system can run low on memory - resulting in the use of the slow harddisk-based virtual memory by the OS. This leads to delays, e.g. when loading game-levels.
To prevent this, 1 GB of system memory has become standard in today's desktop PCs - and even in OEM vendors systems this memory-configuration gets more common. If you're still experiencing loading-delays, there is only one solution: even more RAM.
Today, we’re introducing a 2 GB dual channel memory kit by Mushkin to you. Mushkin, mostly recognized in the overclocker’s scene for high-speed memory modules like the “HighPerformance Level II” series, offers various memory kits for different target groups. With the “EM” series, Mushkin targets the more average user - who still requests good performance and high stability, but without any need for extreme overclocking. We’ve had such a kit, the Mushkin EM3200 DDR 2x 1GB DC, at our hands for testing. Read on to see how it performed.
The EM3200 DDR 2 x 1 GB ram kit consists of two 1GB modules which come in a standard blister package.
As with many other memory modules, the memory chips are equipped with heat spreaders for better dissipation of heat.
|Module size||1024 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)|
|Memory type / parity||DDR SDRAM / Unbuffered|
|Operating frequency||PC3200 (200 MHz)|
|Density (chip / module)||64M x8 / 128M x64|
|Error correction method||none|
|Refresh cycle||Reduced (7.8 us), self-refresh|
|FSB / HTT||Timings||Info|