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Since the introduction of Athlon 64, we have learned that Command Rate is very important to memory performance in A64 boards. A Command Rate of 1T is significantly faster than memory running at 2T. This series of charts really shows how these six memories perform at the top.

While memory performance at the top is influenced by memory timings, the top performance on Athlon 64 correlates well with the highest 1T memory speed that each memory could achieve. The winner in this benchmark was the OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2 and it is also the top performing memory in the roundup. Other memories are faster in lower speed ranges, but the fast 1T performance wins at the top.

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  • Bugler - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    I ordered from Newegg today. I did not see a place on their site for just a 512mb stick. I ordered the 1gb kit.

  • Bugler - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

  • saechaka - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    hey bugler where are you ordering your ocz platinum rev. 2 from? is there any way to find a place where you can order 1 512mb stick only? Reply
  • darkwaffle - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    I'm curious, for a socket754 user, is there really any reason why we couldn't (generally) follow these results? I realize that some of the overclocks may not be able to be achieved, but is it safe to say that the modules that perform highly on s939 will also perform highly also on s754 (In comparison to the other modules)? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    #32 -
    Corsair and Kingston DDR400 2-2-2 were both included in our recent 2-2-2 roundup. Frankly we did test both Kingston and Corsair in the early going for these tests and both did quite poorly on the Athlon 64 test bed compared to other recent TCCD modules.

    However, the Kingston and Corsair were early TCCD dimms and we are confident more recent dimms from these two major manufacturers would perform more like the OCZ, Geil, and G. Skill. Unfortunately we didn't have those more recent dimms to test, and we felt reporting what we had found would have been very unfair to Corsair and Kingston, who both produce excellent memory products.
  • ImJacksAmygdala - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    I'm sure OCZ and Geil are great memory for A64, but all I got out of that article was buy OCZ memory, buy Geil Memory, o ya and buy a top of the line OCZ power supply....

    What about Corsair and Kingston? How do they compete?

    This site is smothered with advertisement. Why make it so obvious in the articles? Thanks for the article though...
  • einsig - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    And re: the robust +12v rails. They are most crucial for A64 overlocking. I have an Enermax with 31A on two +12v rails and it makes the world of difference. Reply
  • einsig - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    One thing that really needs to be stated is that Clawhammer cores automatically set a command rate of 2T at speeds from DDR400 and up. you need to use A64 Tweaker to make the change (can be loaded at startup). I have a Clawhammer 3400+ that has been run on an ASUS K8V Deluxe and MSI K8N Neo Platinum. I was running XMS 2x512 3200LL Corsair, but it didn't want to OC even on the K8N (nothing OCs on the K8V because of the chipset). I now run Crucial ballistix PC4000 and it is incredible, however (as the article states) the command rate of 1T is really ideal. They should just tell people how to set that if they have a Clawhammer. Reply
  • Shinei - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    What's really exciting is that the two DDR600 overclockers are board-limited before they top out in speed (K8N Neo2s go to 300MHz on the RAM). I'd like to see what the RAM could do on a more extreme overclocking board, since it seems like these new RAM chips are capable of pushing on to DDR667 or even higher...
    With that said, I agree that the prices for this stuff is getting ridonculous. Cheaper RAM means more sales and increased usage of that 8 exobyte storage capacity the Athlon 64 has. ;)
  • Bugler - Friday, October 1, 2004 - link

    Thank you AnandTech. I have been waiting for greater clarification since you last recommended OCZ 3700 enhanced bandwidth ram and none could be found. I was balancing between that and ballistix. After today's review, I ordered OCZ Plat, rev 2 for the system I am putting together.

    Now if we could get some reviews and testing of the newer 90 speed AMD processors, hint, hint...

    I appreciate this site very much.

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