Compatibility & Our Test System
Compatibility Testing: Before we got to the business of evaluating Corsair's TWINX2048-3500LL Pro memory kit, we installed the memory into some of the systems we had available to see if there were any compatibility problems to speak of. We tried the sticks in a total of 5 different systems, powered by various popular chipsets, and didn't encounter a single problem. All of the systems booted into Windows and worked without a hitch. We tested these modules on the following platforms...
|Asus||A8N32-SLI||nForce 4 SLIX16|
|EPoX||EP-8KDA3+||nForce 3 250|
|ECS||KA1-MVP||Radeon XPress 200|
|DFI||RDX200 CF-DR||Radeon XPress 200|
|Abit||IC7-Max 3||Intel i875|
With the exception of the Asus A8N32-SLI which we used for the benchmarks in this article, to quickly test these modules all we did was install them, power up the systems, made sure Windows booted, and then we ran SiSoft SANDRA's burn-in wizard for a few minutes. This limited compatibility testing wasn't extensive, but it does bode well for the TWINX2048-3500LL Pro memory modules. The fact that they worked properly on the popular platforms listed here, means most consumers shouldn't have any problems with them either.
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz)
NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16
Corsair TWINX2048-3500 LL Pro
Kingston HyperX PC3500
Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL Pro
GeForce 7800 GTX
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA
Windows XP Pro SP2
How we configured our test systems: When configuring our test system for this review, the first thing we did was enter the system BIOS and set the board to its "High-Performance Defaults". The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed all of the necessary drivers for our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, and we setup a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance", installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives and ran all of the tests. Throughout all our benchmarking, we had the memory voltage set to 2.85v, unless otherwise noted.