Mushkin 2GB XP2-5300 3-3-3 5

Mushkin 2GB XP2-5300 3-3-3 Review

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Test Setup

Test System
CPU:P4 561 (3.6GHz) 1MB Prescott
Motherboard:ASUS P5WD2-Premium
Memory:2x 1024 MB Mushkin XP2-5300
Video Card:ATI Radeon X1800XL AIW
Harddisk:WD Raptor 74GB
Power Supply:OCZ Powerstream 520W
Software:Windows XP SP2, Catalyst


To test these modules I first set them to stock settings, and then ran the benchmarks/tests. Then for further overclocking, I set the voltage to the maximum recommended which was 2.3v then I tried to see how far I could overclock from stock. When I hit a limit I brought down the voltage and changed some timings. I gathered together some of the best results I was able to obtain, one of which was a sweet run at DDR2-1000, that's a 33% overclock. We also took the multiplier down to 14, so we didn’t encounter any CPU problems. These tests were run in a closed case environment where the CPU was at an average temperature of 45°C.

For further comparison, the test "JEDEC DDR2-400" shows a generic DDR module running at JEDEC standard timings.

Mushkin DDR2 XP2-5300
CPU Clock &
Memory Ratio
Quake 3
Mod 1M
18 x 200 3:5333 MHz3-3-3-15 2.1v5974 MB/s 2390 MB/s 79.9 ns 319.9 fps 2314135.00s
14 x 225 3:5375 MHz3-3-3-15 2.3V 6594 MB/s 2644 MB/s 80.6 ns 283.7 fps 2217240.00s
14 x 235 1:2470 MHz4-4-4-15 2.3V 7026 MB/s 2691 MB/s 76.7 ns 291.2 fps 2297437.00s
14 x 250 1:2500 MHz5-5-5-15 2.3V 7590 MB/s 2990 MB/s 70.3 ns 318.3 fps 2498142.95s
JEDEC DDR2-400 200 MHz4-4-4-12 1.8V 5326 MB/s 1585 MB/s 102.0 ns 284.5 fps 2015944.45s

These modules are great for overclocking, with a maximum overclock of DDR2-1000 it produces a 33% overclock out of stock. When you keep the timings at 3-3-3 you can reach a sweet DDR740. Increasing the memory speed to 1000 MHz increases performance a lot.

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