DDR2 800MHz Roundup: A-Data, Kingston, & Mushkin

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A-DATA Vitesta DDR2 800MHz

First up to the plate is A-DATA with their Vitesta DDR2-800 module.  A-DATA is a new comer to the North American sales market, but is quickly catching up in the cut throat memory industry here in the United States.  Just two weeks ago A-DATA modules became available at Newegg, so expect see other retailers pick them up shortly.

This Vitesta DDR2 module is designed to meet the 800MHz data-rate specification of the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standard, but has been also been with overclockers and gamers in mind. We were told to expect higher than higher than JEDEC specifications with these modules. Other than the Vitesta name the modules come with a flashy red heat spreader and a lifetime warranty.

Key Features:

  • Memory amount: 2 x 512MB
  • 240-pin Unbuffered DIMM 
  • IC Brand: Elpida (32Mx8 Configuration) 
  • 800MHz (PC2-6400) Unbuffered non-ECC DDR2 Modules
  • CAS latency: 5 clock cycles
  • RAS precharge: 5 cycles
  • RAS active to precharge: 15 cycles
  • Black heat spreader for thermal diffusion
  • Latency: 5-3-3-8
  • Power supply:1.85 +/- 0.1V
  • Lifetime Warranty

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Once the heat spreaders were removed we could read that the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) ID was BP MLL E186014 B62URCE, which is made by Brain Power Co. and is a well known company among enthusiasts around the world. Since A-DATA is using name brand IC’s that have been known to overclock well on other memory series we can only hope that these modules are overclocking friendly. After looking at the memory IC’s they were determined to be Elipda IC’s with the part number E2508AB-GE-E. After trying to look up these part numbers on Elpida’s site we were unable to find the part numbers.

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The A-DATA Vitesta DDRII 800MHz memory modules come in individual 512MB packages, which means they are not paired together like Kingston and Mushkin’s 1GB kits.  A-DATA is agressively pricing their PC2-6400 memory and they can currently be picked up at Newegg for just $71.85 per module.

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