Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review :: Mushkin XP2-6400 Modules

07-28-2006 · Category: Hardware - Memory

By Tulatin

It seems that at this point in time, the memory companies really aren't setting any trends in terms of fashion. Sure you've got OCZ with their oil slick coloured spreaders, Corsair with flashing LEDs, and Geil with dedicated power circuitry and heatpipes poking out, but one thing always (disappointingly) stays the same. Coming to me today in the same package, with the same awards on it as my very first set of TCC5 are the XP2-5300 modules, and without the ratings sticker on them, I would be hard pressed to discover the difference between these and the XP2-5300 set reviewed before.


Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review

Planted squarely on the Brainpower DDR2 PCB are 8 Micron chips, which are cooled from both front and back by the customized heat spreaders. Due to this only being a 1GB kit, each module is shipped with a bare side, to which the heat spreader is affixed with a strip of thermal tape. While the effect of this in terms of cooling (or of any heat spreader, to be honest) is debatable, they do help to identify just who put these modules out on the market. Physically, both sides of the module are identical, apart from the ratings sticker on each module's front, bequeathing the capacity (1GB), rating (PC2-6400), and latencies (4-4-3-10). Unfortunately, it seems like Mushkin, just as many other vendors out there, has skipped the step of including voltage ratings with their sticks, making it rather difficult for the enthusiast to know how to configure the module, something which should be fixed as the implementation of EPP (a feature which these modules do not have) becomes more widespread. For what it's worth, all testing was performed at 2.3V, and the modules were left to their own devices for cooling. Due to the cool running nature of DDR2, it turned out not to be a problem.


Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review
Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review

The only real problem that these modules present is when placed together on motherboards where slots are tightly packed together - the rounded openings at the top may butt up against one another. On the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium test motherboard, this proved to not be an issue. The only other possible issue is that in cases with unfiltered streams of air, both the silky smooth black finish of the heat spreader, as well as the exposed tips of the thermal tape may become targets for large floes of dust, turning your once sleek Mushkin modules into miniature bunnies. Fortunately, due to the closed nature of the packaging, though, these sticks should arrive looking pristine, and ready to perform. Speaking of performance, let's pop the top, and see what these sticks can really do!


Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review