Buffalo FireStix: Red Hot Name for a New High-End Memoryby Wesley Fink on July 22, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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Buffalo FireStix PC4000While FireStix are available in both DDR433 and DDR500 speeds, we decided to look at the DDR500 FireStix.
Test DIMMs were a matched pair of 512MB double-sided DDR DIMMs with bright red aluminum heatspreaders.
Buffalo made no bones about the fact that these chips were based on Hynix B revision memory chips, which are selected for best performance. We have seen Hynix B memory chips used in some of the fastest DDR500 and 533 memory that we have tested from Corsair, OCZ, Mushkin, and others.
Buffalo FireStix PC4000 Specifications
|Buffalo FireStix PC4000 Memory Specifications|
|Number of DIMMs & Banks||2 DS|
|Rated Timings||3-4-4 at DDR500|
While Buffalo rates their DDR500 FireStix at 3-4-4 timings, we have seen other memory based on Hynix B chips perform at some of the better DDR500 timings of 2.5-3-4. In addition, Hynix B memory normally will perform at 2-3-3 timings at DDR400 - much faster than we normally see with higher speed memory at DDR400.