Super Talent has recently launched the Exelerator family of ReadyBoost drives that use an internal 9-pin USB header on the motherboard to help improve system performance for those that have already made the leap to Windows Vista. These innovative new Flash drives plug into a standard 9-pin USB header inside the chassis and Legit Reviews has been able to take one for a test spin on a Compaq Presario with Windows Vista Basic.
Armed with four 2GB kits of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz we set off to do our first DDR3 roundup to show those that are building the latest and greatest enthusiast systems which modules stand out from the crowd. Corsair Memory, Kingston Technology, OCZ Technology and Super Talent all sent out 2GB kits for us to try out and that is exactly what we did using the latest Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processors on the Intel P35 chipset!
It’s not everyday that one gets to go to Taiwan to see how a memory is made, but recently Legit Reviews was able to take a peak inside the Kingston facility in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan to see how a DDR2 memory is made from the ground up as well as Flash memory. If you want to know what all it takes to make memory modules and bring them to the retail channel then this article is for you!
With Flash memory prices being more than affordable one can find 2GB USB keys for just over $20, which is a heck of a bargain compared to what a couple of years ago. The first thumb drive Legit Reviews wrote about was the $39 Trek ThumbDrive Secure 16MB back in 2003! This drive was capable of 700kB/sec read speeds, which is nothing compared to the latest drives that are pushing over 30,000kB/sec!
Yesterday, Corsair Memory showed off the world’s fastest production DDR3 memory rated at a blazing-fast 1,600MHz (PC3-12,800) and had a preview of the Corsair DOMINATOR memory kit running at 2,000MHz (PC3-16,000). LR just happened to be in the same building as Corsair when they sent out their press release, so we headed up to their suite here at Computex and show you the 2GHz memory kit Corsair has running!
OCZ brings us face to face with the Reaper… Will you be dying to get your hands on this ram from OCZ? Find out as we take a look at the Reaper and see how it compares to other high quality memory out there. These were the first modules to be incorporate the new Reaper heatsink and are rated at 1150MHz at CL 5-5-5. Read on to see if these copper heat pipe clad memory modules are right for you.
With todays launch of DDR3 memory Legit Reviews takes the time to compare DDR2 to DDR3 in terms of system performance. Armed with a 2GB kit of PC3-10600 from Corsair Memory and a 2GB kit of PC3-11000 from Kingston Technology LR takes a look at performance at stock and overclocked settings for both types of memory. If you are interested in seeing how DDR2 CL4 performance against DDR3 CL6 then read on for the most detailed independent DDR2 versus DDR3 performance article to date.
Later this month Intel Bearlake desktop motherboards will be released for the very first time. While these motherboards will feature the latest and greatest Intel P35 chipsets they also happen to be the first desktop platform that utilizes DDR3 memory modules. For those that don’t know DDR3 is the next generation of Double Data Rate (DDR) Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM). Read on to find out more about DDR3 and what it might mean for you.
Today, Legit Reviews looks at a DDR2 1000MHz CL4 memory kit from CellShock, which is a relative unknown company here in the US market. MSC GmbH is the parent company of CellShock and have been around since 1982, so they are not a new company per say. How will a kit of their CellShock DDR2 1000 memory modules do they measure up to a well known, established brand name? We will see!
The Corsair TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF memory kit is one of the fastest memory kits available in the World and we push it to the extreme to see how it does at several popular memory timings. The kit is rated for operation at 1250MHz, but that doesn’t mean it stops there! Read on to see how far we were able to push these modules and see if they are right for you!
The CoolIT Systems RAM Fan attaches to your motherboards RAM bank by clipping onto the standard Dual In-line Memory Modules (DIMM). The blue LED fan and the angled design directs air flow across the RAM modules to reduce risk of overheating and improve the RAM’s ability to be overclocked. Read on as we take a look at the RAM Fan and try it out on some overclocked modules!
Have you ever seen a setting called Trc in your motherboard’s advanced memory settings page? Today Legit Reviews looks at this parameter and what it means to system performance. By lowering the Trc value from 35 to 15 on a kit of Corsair PC2-10000C5 modules we were able to improve performance across the board. How much you ask? Read on to find out!
Now that LR has installed Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit we can dive deeper into the new features of Vista. The ReadyBoost feature is only found in Windows Vista and allows you to use a USB key as virtual memory in order to enhance performance. This can improve small random I/O for people who lack the expansion slots, money, and or technical expertise to add additional RAM.
Kingston’s new high frequency HyperX DDR2 9600’s are the fastest production modules that are in stock and for sale here in the Unites States. With a mind staggering frequency 1200MHz at 5-5-5-15 they are sure to be winners when they come to performance. We take a kit of the modules and push it up to 1300MHz at 5-5-5-15 2T then go the other direction and run it at 800MHz 3-3-3-9 1T.