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-- Mushkin LIIV2 Dual Channel 1GB CL2 PC3200
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-10-21
-- Price: ~ $283.00 USD
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With a bit of fiddling with bus speeds, the LII V2 was only able to manage a 210Mhz at stock 2-2-2-5 timings. Tight timings, but not much head room for a high bus speed inhaler like the C series P4.

So like our other DDR tests, we loosened the timings a bit to see what it can do. On our previous tests on the Kingston and Corsair CL2s, we loosened it to 2.5-3-3-6 to get a smooth 250Mhz (DDR500). The Mushkin did just as well at the same timing: 

Sisoft Sandra 04 Buffered

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB int: 6011 float: 5972 (MB/s)
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB int: 6010 float: 5963 (MB/s)
 Mushkin LIIV2 PC3200 1GB int: 6022 float: 5988 (MB/s)

Higher is better

PiFast calculator (Digits: 10000000, Method: Chudnovsky, Size of FFT: 1024):

PiFast

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB 43.00 secs
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB 43.16 secs
 Mushkin LIIV2 PC3200 1GB 42.34 secs

Lower is better

PCMark 2002 memory: 

PCMark 2002

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB 10596
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB 10262
 Mushkin LIIV2 PC3200 1GB 10610

Higher is better

The scores speak for themselves. At 250Mhz, the system was stable and solid running more than 24 hours ripping and encoding video non-stop.

Out of curiosity, I loosened the timings some more to 3-3-3-7, which yielded a little boost to 252Mhz.

I have found that my P4 2.4C can manage about 262Mhz, but with much looser timings at 4-4-4-8. Through numerous tests, 250 at tighter timings seem to be a much sweeter spot to sit at.

Overall, the Mushkin LIIV2 is an incredible bang for your buck. At $283.00 for the 1GB dual channel package, this is a great deal. Providing awesome performance at stock speeds and even better scores at overclocked and loosened timings. Add to the fact the use of Samsung TCCD chips and the Mushkin track record for reliability, this is a done deal.

I have always compared Mushkin's website to the simplicity of Google. When you head over to Mushkin's site, you're met with a basic site that sells rock solid memory. There are no large ads, just straight ram ordering. Not a major thing, but I have always enjoyed sites that are easy to navigate and use, especially an online retailer.



Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Awesome performance at stock and overclocked speeds
  • Quality ram chips


Cons:

  • Low ceiling for bus speeds at CL2

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