With the introduction of the NForce2 chipset with DCDDR and the ability to raise your FSB while locking down the PCI/AGP bus for the first time with an AMD platform, came some extreme FSB overclocks. Asus was the first to release their NForce2 motherboard, and with that release came some memory issues that arose when using certain brands of memory. Corsair has attempted to relieve the issues with their release of their XMS series TwinX, available in PC3200 and PC2700 flavors. These are matched pairs of memory modules said to be tested at 2-2-2-6 timings with default memory voltages of 2.6V (PC3200@400Mhz and PC2700@333Mhz).
Fig. 1 Corsair TwinX 3200 LL DDR RAM modules.
Here's what Corsair has to say about the TwinX memory kits:
"The TWINXTM memory kits are composed of two low latency memory modules that have been tested as a pair in an Asus A7N8X dual channel motherboard. The matched pair of modules are then physically packaged together, guaranteeing that the customer receives a product that has been verified in the dual channel environment. These memory kits are available in sizes of both 512 MByte (two 256 MByte modules) and 1 GByte (two 512 MByte modules), at speeds of either 333 MHz (also known as PC2700) or 400 MHz (also known as PC3200)."
"TWINX memory kits take the guesswork out of dual channel motherboards," stated John Beekley, Vice President of Marketing at Corsair. "By using modules that have been 100% tested, as a pair, in this environment, the user can be confident in the performance and stability of his or her dual channel system."
Today we take a look at two modules of the 256Mb TwinX 3200 LL DDR RAM variety and see how they match up against two 256Mb modules of Mushkin PC3000.
Do the TwinX kits deliver as promised? Read on to find out.
Addendum to the review on the last page.