Supertalent is a relatively unknown name in memory, but the firm is aiming to make a big splash with its new line of enthusiast memory modules. First out of the block is what the Silicon Valley boys claim is a matched memory set amongst the fastest available on DDR2.
The 1GB modules (making a 2GB dual-channel kit, part number T1000UX2G5) are rated to 1000MHz at 5-5-5-15, or 800MHz at tighter 4-3-4-8 timings. Intel chips will run a memory divider that is happy at 800MHz and 1067MHz, but getting to 1000 requires a CPU overclock in most cases - so you'll need decent cooling, as well as decent memory.
We wanted to find out how the memory performed at each of these different levels, and also whether or not it would overclock up to 1067MHz without having to change the CPU frequency.
The heatspreaders are fairly generic, and are tacked down with a cross between epoxy and tape - we wouldn't advise trying to pry them off, you're more likely to take the chips off the module.
The closest competitor that Corsair Memory has is the XMS2048-6400Pro kit, which is a matched pair of 2GB modules with LED lights, programmed to run at 5-5-5-12 at 800MHz - this is what we lined up against the SuperTalent. Whilst Corsair makes faster modules, none of them are available in 2GB kits. However, it has recently announced 2GB fast kits with its new EPP modules
. We'll be looking at those very soon.
With AMD's new launch coming up very soon, we'll be bringing you a big test of the best DDR2 kits. Stay tuned. But for now...
We found that we were able to get our system performing fine with the processor at stocks speeds and the SuperTalent running fine at its default values at 800MHz and 889MHz. To get the SuperTalent up to its rated 1000MHz speed at the slacker timings, we had to increase the processor bus from 266MHz to 300MHz, resulting in a CPU overclock from 3.73GHz to 4.2GHz.
Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.73GHz (operating at 3733MHz - 14x266); ASUS P5WD2-E motherboard; BFG Tech 7600 GT OC graphics; Seagate 7200.9 200GB 7,200RPM SATA II hard disk drive; OCZ PowerStream 600W power supply unit; Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2; DirectX 9.0c; NVIDIA ForceWare 84.43.
- 2GB (2x1GB) SuperTalent memory at 800MHz with 4-3-4-8 timings
- 2GB (2x1GB) SuperTalent memory at 889MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings
- 2GB (2x1GB)SuperTalent memory at 1000MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings with CPU at 4.2GHz (14x300)
- 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair 6400 Pro kit at 800MHz with 5-5-5-12 timings