Buffalo FireStix PC4000

While 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
Total Memory
512 MB
1 GB
Rated Timings 3-4-4 at DDR500
Rated Voltage 2.75V

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.

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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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