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Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 DDR-2 Memory Review

Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 DDR-2 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Buffalo Technology's 2GB PC2-8000 FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G memory has a default clock speed of 1000 MHz (DDR2-1000), which when running in a dual channel configuration can provide up to 16GB/s worth of bandwidth.
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External Mfg. Website: Buffalo Technology May 16 2006   Max Page  
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Super Fast Overclocking PC2-8000 Memory

Overclocking Results:
Memory Timings:

3-4-4-10

5-5-5-10

Memory Speed:

925 MHz

1020 MHz


If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

It's always interesting to see how memory will run with tight CAS latency, and with DDR2, you never know what you're going to get.

The tightest timings the Buffalo Technology FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G will run at was 3-4-4-10, which actually isn't bad for DDR2 memory. Starting at DDR2-800 speeds, the memory was overclocked in 5 MHz intervals.

At 875 MHz, the FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G memory started to show some signs of instability, and the memory voltage was increased from 1.8V to 2.0V to resolve minor stability issues. Continuing upwards, the memory shortly hit the wall at 925 MHz, anything higher and the system had issues booting into WindowsXP.

Next up, we'll try loosening the memory timings to the default setting; 5-5-5. The FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G frequency was overclocked from 925 MHz in 5 MHz intervals once again. This time around, overclocking the Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G was quite uneventful until the test system hit the dreaded 1020 MHz barrier.... that speed is like the monolith in 2001.Anyway, our attempts to try speeds above 1020MHz generated some system instability, and so we kept things at 1020MHz for the benchmarks.

It's most likely the processor is holding back the memory as the Intel Pentium D 840 would be overclocked to 4.08 GHz. With a better overclocking processor I'd expect the Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G to reach much higher - but since we haven't tested that for certain, it's just an assumption.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Buffalo Technology FSX1000D2C-K2G memory test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this pair of DDR-2 memory is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

Intel Pentium D 840

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
16 x 250 MHz = 4 GHz

Motherboards:

MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI Intel Ed)

Videocard:

MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

Memory: 2x 1024MB Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200
2x 512MB Corsair Twin2X1024-8000UL
2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400 PRO
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 7.40
nVIDIA Forceware 84.20

Benchmarks:

Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
UT2004
Doom 3
Quake 4
Battlefield 2

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

Office Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 32.9
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/667) 32.7
2x 512MB Corsair PC2-8000UL (200/800) 33.4
2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400 PRO (200/800) 32.5
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 33.8
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK (200/800) 33.8
2x 1024MB Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G (200/800) 33.6
2x 1024MB Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G (255/1020) 35.7
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 25.1
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/667) 25.7
2x 512MB Corsair PC2-8000UL (200/800) 26.1
2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400 PRO (200/800) 26.3
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 26.2
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK (200/800) 26.2
2x 1024MB Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G (200/800) 26.3
2x 1024MB Buffalo FSX1000D2C-K2G (255/1020) 29.3

At stock speeds the Buffalo Technology FSX1000D2C-K2G memory performs as expected, the overclocked results scale nicely.

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Contents of Article: Buffalo Technology FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G
 Pg 1.  Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 DDR-2 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — Super Fast Overclocking PC2-8000 Memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Quake 4, Battlefield 2
 Pg 6.  Maximum Overclocks and Conclusion

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