Computex 2007: Team Group 0

Computex 2007: Team Group Review

Team Group has a large booth in Hall 1 at Computex. There is a lot of traffic within the booth, as there are a lot of visitors. Let's start with their flash memory. Team Group has a few cool looking USB memory devices on display. The first looks much like LEGO in the shape of a humanoid robot, while the second one is a double pack with the name "Boy meets Girl" on the package. Very cool and unique memory sticks, that will certainly draw the attention of others.

There are a lot of different flash based products as well. One very interesting item is the 4GB SD card, which is not of the SDHC kind. It runs at 150x speed, which should suffice even for most high megapixel consumer cameras. The 4GB SDHC is placed right next to it and is clearly labled, so this is definetly not a mistake.

Team Group also manufactures the usual MMCplus, miniMMC, miniSD and microSD cards. These cards are all within specifications and come with the usual capacities, as space is usually a very limiting factor, especially with microSD.

Compact Flash cards are also present at the booth. These go up to 4 GB, other manufacturers have cards with up to 16 GB on display. Like all the other memory manufacturers, SSD is also making a showing with IDE and SATA variants with up to 128GB capacity.

There are three demo systems up and running. The first shows quad channel DDR2 running at 800 Mhz with CL5. This may not seem like a large feat, but managing to get 8 GB running on a single board with 2GB DIMMs is not easy at all. The second and third demo system both utilize the newest Thermalright heatpipe cooling solution. The first is actually DDR2 running at 1333 MHz with CL5-6-6-18 and voltages between 2.35 and 2.45V. The second actually runns DDR3 at a whooping 2000 MHz with CL9-9-9-20 timings. This memory is rated for 1.9 to 2.1V to run at this speed.

While the demo systems were running very specific memory, Team Group is also showing DDR2 with 1300 MHz and DDR3 with 1333 MHz. With only a 33 MHz difference, the DDR2 runs at CL6-6-6-18, while the slightly faster DDR3 uses CL8-8-8-23. So there is no real performance advantage of DDR3 over DDR2. The only positive point here is the fact that DDR3 uses a mere 1.8V while the DDR2 DIMM requires 2.35-2.45V to achieve the rated speed.

The DDR2 800 MHz offering from Team Group is also available for your viewing pleasure. The last picture we want to show you is the packaging of the memory. Team Group uses a very traditional, all plastic packagin with the usual cardboard inlay. The high performance memory with the heatpipe cooling will use a more elaborate package.