512 MB 266 MHz DDR SDRAM
8/10. Date Posted 19/10/2002. by Saeed Amen.
people now run DDR SDRAM, it is cheaper than RAMBUS memory and represents
good value for money. These 512MB 266MHz DDR SDRAM CL2.5 DIMMs from
Kingston are compatible with many motherboards, but you need to
check Kingston's website to make sure they work with your motherboard
first! Don't say I didn't warn you, it is very irritating to buy
memory and find that it is not compatible. The memory comes from
Kingston's ValueRAM range, and at the moment each DIMM costs around
100 pounds, which is quite reasonable.
is relatively simple, like with all memory. I had to try installing
it twice though, before I got the computer to boot up. I suspect
this was because the memory was not secured in the memory slot correctly
first time around.
ran a few filters to see the effect of running 1024MB against running
512MB. I did not try one 512MB DIMM on its own, since most people
buying this DIMM would probably be running at least 1GB. The figures
don't show that much difference. Doubling from 256MB to 512MB would
have shown a far bigger difference. Essentially, doubling memory
from 1024MB to 2048MB, would show an even smaller difference. The
effect of doubling memory on speed diminished with memory size.
However, having more memory ensures that you can run more programs
more smoothly. Also I noticed the machine seemed to be far "zippier"
than before. With 1024MB RAM it did not need to use the hard disk's
"virtual memory" as much.
times in seconds
4 (68 MB WAV)
Stretch (from 131 to 145 BPM, under highest quality)
as MP3 at 128 kBit (under highest quality setting)
(24 MB file)
Blur (3 pixels)
Relief (13 details, 3 smoothness)
Blur (100%, best, spin)
OF ERROR IN FIGURES IS +/- 0.5 Seconds
These 512MB Kingston DDR SDRAMs represent reasonable value for money.
Although more expensive than 256 MB memory dimms, having this much
memory on one dimm means it is easier to expand in the future with
a limited number of memory slots. Whether you buy this Kingston
DIMM or one of its competitors will largely be down to price. Given
that the memory market is notoriously unstable, it will take a while
to find the right price.