Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit

Conclusion

Test System:

Intel P4, 2.8GHz Dual Core
ECS P4M800-Pro Motherboard
2 GB Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 RAM
Hitachi 80GB SATA harddrive
Sony DVD player

Software used for this test was Sisoft Sandra XI Professional Edition, Pcmark2005, Everest Home Edition, and SuperPi tests at 8M.Results from similar tests using a previously reviewed OCZ DDR2 (PC2 6400) 2GB kit are provided for comparison.

SiSandra XI is a pretty common benchmarking tool that allows you to test the memory both in single channel and dual channel.(Special thanks to the folks at SiSandra for providing us with copies of the professional edition!) Since these are DDR2 sticks, I went straight to the dual channel tests.

Sisoft Sandra XI:

Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit Review

Despite some varying results, the lowest numbers I recorded still showed the Super Talent memory outperforming the OCZ sticks.

Next up is PCmark2005, which is another popular benchmarking test that puts the entire computer through a series of rigorous tests.I only ran the memory benchmark, since this is a memory review after all.Here we see that the Super Talent memory was a tad slower than the OCZ stick, though not by much.

Pcmark2005:

Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit Review

The third benchmark I tried was Everest Home Edition, which is another popular diagnostic tool.This memory test allows you to see the read/write/latency performance of the memory which is a very important parameter.In this test, the Super Talent was the winner in here.

Everest Home Edition:

Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit Review

Finally, the last test used was SuperPi, which calculates the digits of pi out to large amounts, which as you can imagine really stresses out the processor and the memory.I ran the test out to 8M digits to reduce random errors.The Super Talent memory once again scored higher than the existing sticks in my setup.

SuperPi:

Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit Review

Overclocking:

Given that the 2.8GHz Pentium is a pretty good overclocking processor, I wasn�t surprised that I was able to overclock the FSB up to 240MHz which is about 3.36 GHz.Stability was very good at this speed; I didn�t have any reboots or crashes.I also was able to get improved latencies with a 0.2V increase.Unfortunately, I think the processor and motherboard, so I hope to get a better setup at some point and really run the memory through the test.

Conclusion:

Overall, I was impressed with the performance and stability of the Super Talent PC2-8000 2GB DDR2 kit.In both default setting and when overclocked, the memory performed well and exhibited no instability at all.With a powerful motherboard and processor, I have no doubt that this memory would perform even better than what I was able to achieve with it.To sum up this review in a cheesy fashion, I would say that Super Talent is �super talented� when it comes to producing top-notch memory.

Pros:

+ Solid latency for a DDR2
+ Stable
+ Good for overclocking
+ Excellent warranty
+ Cool-looking heat spreader

Cons:

– None so far

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