4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

Test Setup

We tested every module pair using the following components:

Test Configuration
Component Base Settings
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8600, (3.33 GHz, 6.0 MB Cache)
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz, FSB-1600
Motherboard Asus P5Q Deluxe Rev 1.03G
P45 Express Chipset, BIOS 1406 (10/07/2008)
Graphics Gigabyte GV-R487-512H-B
HD 4870 GPU (750 MHz), GDDR5-3600
Hard Drive Western Digital WD5000AAKS, 500 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16 MB cache
Sound Integrated HD Audio
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking
Power Coolermaster RS850-EMBA (850W, ATX12V v2.2)
Software and Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 8.9
Onboard Device Drivers Motherboard Driver DVD

Notice that we overclocked our motherboard and processor to FSB-1,600. A combination of this setting and the “400 MHz Boot Strap” allowed us to test our modules at 800, 1066, and 1200 MHz data rates without changing CPU speed. Configuring FSB-1,600 was easy with the overclock-friendly Core 2 Duo E8600 processor, as the resulting 4.00 GHz clock speed accelerated testing without incurring instability.

Because modules that use the same capacity, speed, and timings have identical performance, today’s tests will concentrate solely on the capabilities of each module to achieve high frequencies and/or low latencies at various voltage levels. We used MemTest86 v1.70 to verify stability for each setting.

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  • mi1ez
    I don't think I've ever seen a mail in rebate in UK, so this should surely have been removed for the UK site? Also, it's cheque if you're talking about money.

    When will we start having articles and news modified for the UK market. There's currently little point in the Tom's UK website even existing!
  • Anonymous
    Yeah, I'm sick and tired seeing $ it means sweet FA over here. Something that is $25 dollars might be £25 and something that's $40 dollars might be £20! It just not a matter of using the conversion rate.

    So let me say this:


    Stop right now.
  • Syranetic
    Corsair did poorly on this one...
  • Anonymous
    WTF is this shit?

    Heh, seriously though, here's another agreeing with above comments. Stop the copy-paste act from US site without using brains please!

    + WOW look at Crucial go =O
  • Anonymous
    Lame - Tom's used to be THE site for getting info but this lack of uk info on the UK site is too much, I will now either go straight to the main US site or go elsewhere.

    Come on lets get it sorted
  • Anonymous

    toms has been failing with these type of articles for years now..its about time i deleted the bookmark as there really is no reason to visit thw anymore..which is sad as i have been frequenting the us and uk site for 5+ years i reckon.

  • MrSiko
    Very helpful article, thankyou.

    Was already thinking of getting some ballistix next week, this makes certain of it.
  • CrackedJelly
    Yep - and how about a REPLY from THG in the forums for once....you know, something reassuring. THG used to be (5 years ago) a one-stop review site. Now it seems to be a corporate mess...time for some early new-years resolutions?
  • Anonymous
    It seems that the UK site is purely to have targeted advertising.... geee thanks for selling out Tom's.
  • Faustinono
    I'm a Geordie living in Australia, where there are often comments about "whingeing Poms." Sad to say, there seem to be many WPs responding to this article. As with the graphics-card-value series, which I've always found very helpful, you can always check prices on your local market comparator rather than expect THW to do it for you! For me, the main gain from this article (reading it on a 1 Gb DDR2-RAM PC while my 4 Gb PC-6400 is misbehaving) is to realise that I can upgrade this machine for next to nothing, choosing my brand with the THW assessment and local prices. Thanks, lads (and ladesses if applicable).

    Faustino/Genghis Cunn (THW, I've re-registered as "Faustinono", I think you must have my Faustino reg'n with an old e-mail address, e.g ...@bigpond.com.au. My usual nom-de-net is Faustino, if there's a problem with that, Genghis Cunn.)