Buffalo Firestix PC2-8500 Memory Review

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The Test Setup

Benchmarks and Testing Setup:

Test Platform:

AMD Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

Motherboard

ECS KA3MVP Deluxe

Video Card

ATI X1900 XTX

ATI X1900 CF

Memory

Buffalo Tech PC2-8500 1GB Kit

ADATA PC-6400 2GB Kit

Kingston ValueRam PC-4200 1GB Kit

Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB, 16mb Cache

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus

Power Supply

Antec Neo HE 550

Operating System

Windows XP Professional w/SP2

All tests were run using a clean install of Windows XP Professional with SP2, using the latest release bios.  For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  Our stock speed testing used settings of DDR800 at 4-4-4-12 and 1.8 vDimm.  Timings for our overclocking of the Buffalo ram were set to 5-5-5-15 and 2.3v, but the CPU multiplier was set to 8x to take the CPU out of the DDR overclocking.  The video card was left at default timings as well for all tests.  For this review, stability was determined by running our battery of tests, plus the ability to complete a SuperPi 32mb test run and 3 full passes of Memtest.

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