Buffalo Technology has become a well known manufacturer of memory, wired and wireless network products, and storage solutions. You will find a full range of Buffalo memory products available from many on-line resellers, including regular DIMMs, SO-DIMMs, and Registered memory for servers, desktop computers, and notebooks. However, Buffalo is not a first name that comes to mind when Enthusiasts are looking for high-performance memory. Buffalo is out to change that with the introduction of their new FireStix memory.

Two new FireStix memory products were just introduced - FireStix FSX500DV and FireStix FSX433DV - at DDR500 (PC4000) and DDR433 (PC3500). FireStix is a great name for memory that is supposed to be "hot", and Buffalo has added to the image with flame-red heatspreaders that certainly stand out in any group of memory. However, as you expect at AnandTech, we were most interested to see if FireStix live up to their name with stand-out performance to match the stand-out looks.

Buffalo FireStix PC4000
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  • rahzim - Sunday, July 25, 2004 - link

    Just had a few questions about overclocked/high performance ddr ram in general. Im about to build a computer waiting for the msi neo2 mb and want fast memory for it. Only thing is i read that most of the memory im looking at namely DDR550 is overclocked and wont actually run at that speed unless you overclock the fsb.
    Is it just a matter of setting the timings and voltages in the mb bios to get the ram to perform at ddr550 speeds, or do i also need to adjust the fsb? Will I have any trouble getting speeds around pc4400 with a nforce3 250 chipset / athlon fx 53?
  • IkeEisenhower - Saturday, July 24, 2004 - link

    I dunno about awful names, there seems to be a sub-trend of names that seem to denote product suitability for the "just okay" mediocre PC you get tricked into building for your cousin or some distant friend... e.g.:

    Foxconn Athlon motherboards,
    Albatron's "Proll" (Prole?) mobos,
    Powmax PSUs,
    XFX video cards,
    Firestix memory,
    so on and so forth, they just SOUND right...
  • BlackMamba - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    I love these awful names for memory products. :)
  • Bozo Galora - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    Off topic, but the blue/grey before white page load is still happening (Firefox .0.9.2)

    Man, these timely reviews are coming like a
    waterfall.(Wesly is the best)

    Are we spiffing up the site for a possible sale??
  • johnsonx - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    Isn't Jolly Rancher going to be upset about Buffalo using their name? I don't see them much anymore, but I'm pretty sure Firestix is what Jolly Rancher called their firey-hot cinnamon candy sticks. I mostly see the small bite-size ones now, but the sticks still exist as far as I know.
  • Zebo - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    Excellent article thanks:)

    Little secret for my anandtech friends..Go the Circut City and they have the same ram labled as kingston value ram PC3200 for $68-$99 for 512 depending on the day..

    You mustlook through the boxes which are clear plastic until you find one with "Hynix BT-D43" chips labeled as such... Just awesome and found on expensive PC4200 modules...as you see.

  • Calin - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    I love the colored bar for the memory in discussion. It makes reading the article much more enjoyable
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    Fixed :)
  • TrogdorJW - Thursday, July 22, 2004 - link

    Hey, the new graphs are great. One small problem, though. All the graph images are 450x450, but the HTML is specifying a 450x337 size, so they're getting a little squished vertically.

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