Motherboard Compatibility and Test System
Compatibility Testing: Memory can be a funny thing in conjuction with various motherboards and chipsets, with compatibility issues being a problem for some users. Compatibility problems can range from system instability, to the system being unable to boot. While we can't test our Ram with every motherboard and chipset combination, we were able to test it with some very popular motherboards and chipsets. The following is a list of motherboard brand, model, and chipset.
|Asus||A8N32-SLI||nForce 4 SLIX16|
|Foxconn WinFast||NF4SK8AA-8EKRS||nForce 4 SLIX16|
|Foxconn WinFast||6150K8MA-8EKRS||GeForce 6150+nForce 430|
|DFI||LanParty UT CFX3200-DR||Radeon XPress 3200|
Our ASUS A8N32-SLI was the board of choice for our testing, as the other motheboards were simply used to test for compatibility. Each motherboard had no problems booting up with the ram, using both 3-4-4-8 timings, and 2-3-2-6 timings.
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (2GHz)
NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16
Corsair TWINX2048-3500 LL Pro
Mushkin Redline PC3200 1GB (2x512MB)
Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
WD "Caviar" 80GB Hard Drive
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.