DDR2 memory technology has been pushing the envelope in terms of memory clock speeds and tighter latencies as of late. Many enthusiasts were pleased when clock speeds hit the 800MHz mark last year, but Super Talent has eclipsed this mark with its 1GHz 2GB kit we'll be looking at today, the T1000UX2G5. This overclocked, high performance memory kit is geared toward gaming enthusiasts and sports 5-5-5-15 timings.
"Super Talent's new T1000UX2G5 is a matched pair of 1GB PC2-8000 DDR2 modules. Every kit built is fully tested on a dual channel motherboard at 1000MHz at 5-5-5-15 latencies to guarantee that it meets its specifications. These modules are designed, manufactured, and tested in Super Talent's USA-based headquarters in Silicon Valley."
The Super Talent T1000UX2G5 kit we received featured simple aluminum heat spreaders with the manufacturer's logo and product number on each 1GB stick. It's not the flashiest RAM that's ever passed by our test bench, but we think Super Talent was focused on getting the most performance out of this kit and not necessarily on a overly-stylish exterior. Super Talent also offers a lifetime warranty for this memory, that guarantees their it will perform as advertised and is free from defects.
Super Talent packages this kit in a standard plastic enclosure and everything arrived in our lab without any physical damage. The package advertising could have included more detailed information about the RAM's features and technical specifications. The memory sticks are simple and traditionally designed, but lacked a lot of the modifications available with some of today's high-end RAM kits, like flashing activity LEDs, platinum heat spreaders, and temperature displays. With a price tag of close to $400, these types of modifications should possibly have been considered, especially if they are trying to attract members of the gaming and modding communities.
One minor issue we found with this DDR2 kit was the lack of any technical specifications or latency data printed on each stick. Normally, memory sticks have the timings and memory speeds listed on a description label, but these RAM sticks didn't have anything but the product number displayed.
The RAM is rated at PC2-8000, which translated to DDR2 speeds of 500MHz. Each kit has two 1GB memory sticks in a matched pair for optimum performance, that have been tested for stability. The CL timings are rated at 5-5-5-15, and we used CPU-Z version 1.30 to get an in-depth look at the programming of the modules. This will tell us how the RAM is officially detected with the on-board Serial Presence Detect (SPD) PROM.
The SPD timings are actually a little tighter than their advertised statements claimed. According to Super Talent's website and press release, the timings for this RAM are 5-5-5-15 at 500MHz, but CPU-Z registers its default speeds at 4-4-4-11 at 266 MHz. This equates to PC2-4300 RAM, which is much lower than their advertised timings. After manually configuring the FSB and timings in the BIOS on our Asus P5WD2 motherboard though, we were able to reach the advertised timings and memory speeds.