Mushkin PC2-5300 vs.
Corsair PC2-5400

Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 22.12.2004
Manufacturer: Mushkin
Product Group: Memory
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With the latest chipsets there have been many new terms and techniques introduced to the public. In system memory this meant the introduction of DDR2 memory modules. With lower voltage requirements, 4-bit prefetch and enchanced registers the DDR2 is a step forward in terms of technology. Does that lead to speed increases? Yes and no. DDR2 itself allows higher memory clocks to be used than DDR did but the first generation of DDR2 modules are introduced with similar clock speeds than the high-end DDR uses these days. You will also see relatively high latencies printed on the specifications of these first DDR2 offerings.

Mushkin vs. Corsair


Mushkin vs. Corsair

This is the first time that we are going to take a look what Mushkin have to offer us. Both companies sent us their 2 x 512MB kits that are rated for 667MHz operation. Why two different PC2 ratings? PC2- 5300 and 5400 are all the same modules and run with the same speed but different manufacturers like to label their product bit differently. 667 x 8 = 5336 so what is the correct answer in your opinion; 5300 or 5400? Marketing is marketing and because of that you should always make sure you know what you are buying.

23.12.2004 Update

I just received a word from Corsair that the end reason why they use the PC2-5400 markings in their modules is that they use 675 MHz clock speed to test the modules. This means that the modules marked with 5400 have actually passed the test, thus justufying this higher rating.

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