|128MB Mushkin High Performance REV2 PC133 review
Posted by Thomas
McGuire on January 10, 2001
Mushkin High Performance REV2 PC133 module
As a side note to this short
section I must say that Mushkin really know how to package their RAM, coming in
an airtight plastic airbag the RAM module is protected very nicely during
of the memory was simple as you would expect. I removed my old PC-100 RAM &
inserted the Mushkin PC-133 RAM into the first DIMM slot. Switched the power
back on & it was detected by the BIOS just fine. Just to check the CAS
rating of the memory I set SDRAM Configuration to By SPD in the
BIOS, this confirmed the module could run at CAS 2.
CAS = Column Access Strobe.
A memory’s CAS rating is generally comprised of 3 different settings.
This sets the CAS latency timing of
the DRAM system memory access cycle when SDRAM system memory is installed.
Setting this to 2 will yield better
performance, although may be less stable if your SDRAM is not CAS2 rated. 3
is slower & should be used when SDRAM isn't CAS2
rated or you want to improve stability. Mushkin’ High Performance RAM can
officially run at CAS Latency 2 at speeds of up to 133Mhz.
to CAS delay. This sets the delay
between the CAS & RAS strobe signals. Basically
setting this to a low number will improve performance, setting this to a higher
number can improve stability (Particularly when running the memory above rated
speed). In this case the memory module uses a RAS to CAS delay of 2
at speeds of up to 133Mhz.
delay. Much like the above 2 settings,
setting this to a low number will improve performance & setting this
to a higher number can improve stability (Particularly when running the
memory above rated speed). In this case the memory module uses a RAS to CAS
delay of 2 at speeds of up to 133Mhz.
as you can see, the Mushkin High Performance REV2 PC133 memory module
really is designed for optimal performance at high memory bus speeds.
testing memory performance I used SiSoft Sandra, the latest version at that.
Before viewing the tests it should be noted that the motherboard used was an ASUS
P3V4X & no memory tweaks were applied via WPCRSET/WPRCEDIT (No
performance improvement was noticed either when I did try). Although such VIA
chipset based motherboards aren’t exactly renowned for memory performance, so
you may want to view the results with a pinch of salt. Also, the CPU used was a
Pentium 3 700E, with Windows Millennium Edition being the test Operating System
a later date I shall update these scores with memory benchmarks from an I815
chipset based motherboard, although due to time constraints doing so was
impossible (I.e. I don’t have the board yet).
to next page !