2-2-2-5 PC3200 RAM still in production?


Apr 20, 2004
In the latest article regarding the new NVIDIA chipset, nforce3 250GB, it was said that 2-2-2-5 latency RAM is not in production anymore. However, I have been looking at Newegg and noticed that a pair of 512 sticks by Mushkin is for sale with a specified timing of 2-2-2-5 with some reviews saying that it actually works at that timing. Is this old stock or are these in production? Perhaps only Corsair does not produce 2-2-2-5 timing sticks anymore. The article says,
"However, these values (2-2-2-5 timings) are very theoretical, because memory chips that can be operated at such a high speed are no longer produced. Just for this test we got the almost nine-month-old XMS3502 Rev. 1.1, which is based on Winbond components."

also, it mentions the actual memory used:

"Below is the old version, which is still based on Winbond chips - we managed to dig up a couple of them up, which haven't been available since the start of the year. It often enables the ideal timings of CL2.0-2-2-5."

The Mushkin sticks at Newegg are headed "Mushkin 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 "222 Special" Dual Pack - Retail" for $350. There are also several reviews. Am I misunderstanding this? Does anyone have experience with these sticks?


<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.html?i=2015" target="_new">http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.html?i=2015</A>
That should help you understand whats goin on...

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The "best" chips were Winbond BH5, 5ns, which makes them PC3200 speed rated by the maker, and well known to support low latencies. Mushkin bought some left over supplies before they were completely gone and stockpiled them, but now they're switching to BH6 (6ns, rated at PC2700 by the manufacturer) on their low latency PC3200. My feeling is that if BH6 can be pushed that hard (Mushkin overclocking the PC2700 to PC3200 stock speed), BH5 should have been much better.

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