IntroductionI would like to thank Lee of Mushkin for providing us with the review sample.
From the Manufacturer:
- Package : 2048 MB kit (2x1024MB) dual channel pack
- IC Spec : Infineon HYB25D512800CE-6
- CAS Latency : 3-3-2-8 (PC4000)
- Test Voltage : 2.6~2.9 V
- PCB Board : 6 Layers PCB B6U808 rev 1.1 (Brainpower)
- Speed : DDR 500 MHz (PC4000)
- Type : 184-pin DDR SDRAM
- Error Checking : Non-ECC
- Registered/Unbuffered : Unbuffered
- Package type: TSOP
- Quality Control : Every module is hand tested on DFI nForce4 motherboards beyond their rated spec with the RST Pro2 test cards (known as being the best in the industry)
- Warranty : Lifetime
Are you ready for 2 GB?Do you want to play the latest and greatest games without lag? How about using Photoshop without problems? Do you use memory intensive applications like video editing? Or do you need total system boost and the security of not having to upgrade? Or do you need 4 GB of ram? If so then you are a perfect candidate! The 2 gig alternative is great for everyone because we all have to admit 1 GB has become standard. For new games and to run at the highest settings we need to have free resources and many applications won't run smoothly without tons of free resources. The 2 GB kit is also a great choice for overclockers, because two sticks of memory are much easier on the memory controller than four sticks. However, if you are an overclocker and can live with only 1 GB, 2 x 512 MB will usually overclock better than 2 x 1024 MB.
The Blister Pack from Mushkin can be easily opened without a knife, so there is no risk of injuries. The plastic needs to be pulled with strength to open because the pack has been sealed with heat marks.
The "background" paper in the blister pack is used as proof of purchase and is needed along with the blister pack, if an RMA is needed.
Each module has a sticker on it, which gives the rated speed.
The heatspreaders are red and seem to be made from aluminum. The heatspreaders used are Mushkin's brand new innovation.
They feature a new thermal tape that is more of a thermal conductor than an adhesive. When I opened the heatspreaders, the tape was not dry at all. Also it performs very well and touches about 4/5 of the memory ICs.
These sticks use a specially coated black PCB that is no other than Brainpower paired up with Infineon high yield CE-6.
The black PCB has been stamped with the Mushkin name as well as their website.