PQI Turbo Memory — Enthusiast Memory??

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Game Testing

DOOM 3:

As you can tell the low latecny modules take the lead with the PQI Turbo modules leading the group by only .7FPS! Nothing too significant here and since the results from UT2003, UT2004, Comanche 4, and Call of Duty came out with identical standings we will save your time by looking at the same graphs over and over.

Overclocking & Latency Testing:


Default Settings @ DDR400 2-2-2-5

As always we must overclock and push new technology to the edge and find the breaking points. Lately Legit Reviews has been going for stability and quality of our overclocks rather than showing a single benchmark and showing off unstable results.

All of the numbers that you will see below have been found to be stable via RST Pro2 testing. When it came to overclocking the PQI Turbo memory we found the BEST overclock to be 542MHz DDR (2.5-3-3-7) and 2.85Vdimm set in BIOS. This gave us a solid 142MHz increase over default and is a great overclock in our opinion for a value product. Above you can see the default memory bandwidth performance using Sandra 2004 SP2b and below the results when overclocked (both CPU’s running 3.2GHz).


Overclocked @ DDR542 (2.5-3-3-7)

After overclocking our system to the highest stable memory frequency at 2.5-3-3-7 timings we noted a 1,400 MB/sec increase in performance! Not too bad at all considering we were using an Intel Pentium 4 3.2C processor for testing. Below is our table noting the highest Front Side Bus (FSB) at three of the most popular timings enthusiasts run.

Dual Channel Stability Testing Results

Timings

Voltage

Max FSB (memory)

2-2-2-5

2.85V

208MHz (DDR 416)

2.5-3-3-7

2.85V

271MHz (DDR 542)

3-4-4-8

2.85V

282MHz (DDR 564)

As you can tell the PQI Turbo PC-3200 modules have plenty of head room and max out at 164MHz over default when run at the loosest possible timings on our ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard. This should be enough memory bandwidth for pretty much any Intel user out there!

Conclusions:

Nathan Kirsch’s Thoughts:

We knew from our review on PMI’s PC-4200 months ago that PQI/PMI made a quality memory module at a very good price point.

This article just makes it clearer that PQI is delivering some high end enthusiast memory that has some series bite.

Not too often do we see modules go as high as these do, and after our testing we can conclude that PQI Memory is indeed

sorting IC’s. This is great for consumers as hopefully (in theory) all the bad (slow) IC’s have been removed from the production line and all the modules are being built with the best IC’s of the bunch. With Samsung TCCD Rev “F” IC’s we have found it hard to find one that won’t do 250MHz at CL2.5, but hitting 271MHz at CL2.5 is a rare case To make things even better the modules come with a lifetime warranty!

As far as performance is concerned the PQI Turbo modules tested out very well. T

The benchmark tests showed that they could hang with some of the best performance memory that other leading companies have to offer.

Not bad for a “new” company that has just recently made a push into the North American memory industry. PQI also has brought forth a new heat sink design that makes heat sink removal easy. This is something most people never do and will void the warranty offered by most memory companies, but something to point out.

Legit Bottom Line:

PQI is back and bringing well designed modules with sorted IC’s to consumers at a great price. The next time you are considering memory don’t forget to look at PQI Memory to see what they offer.

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