Sli DDR2 Ram

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Just thought id ask, apart from having extremly low timings of 4-4-4-15-1T.

Does SLI memory used on an SLI board with 2 cards in SLI give advantages over normal memory used in taht situation? I rememebr seeing an option ins a BIOS pic posted ont hese forums just a while back which had an option to turn on SLI for memory or something.

IF there is a boost, can someone please explain how it works and what advantages it brings, thanks!!!


For reference, ram in question is 6400 version, link: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128016
 

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The only difference as far as I know is that the Sli modules have better spd information than standard. Let's say you buy some PC8500, that only has spd info for PC6400 speeds. You would then have to manually set the correct voltage and speed in your bios to get it to run at PC8500. The Sli modules, when used with an Nvidia board will simply do this for you. Bit of a gimmick really, but handy I suppose if you don't want to go near your bios for whatever reason.
 

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I see... I was hoping it would improve performance in games by using SLI stuff on the SLI board with a 7950GX2 SLI, I guess its nothing more than a name for teh ram though, damn.

If anyone knows anything else please let me know. Thanks.


I'll be getting it anyway since its still very cheap and teh timings are incredibly lower! and I think they would go even lower with a little more voltage hehe!
 

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Nice heatspreaders, but if you want good ram for the same price:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(18458)Crucial-2GB-Kit-2x1GB-Ballistix-Me mory-DDR2.aspx

Out of stock at the minute but it will be back soon. Here are a few shots I have that show some of it's performance at the standard 2.2v:

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x285/GSte306/SP32-20070721-104043.gi f

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x285/GSte306/SP32-20070616-130712.gif


Reaches 450@cas3, 570@cas4 and 660+@cas5. Staggeringly good. I have 2 kits and they both perform similarly. :D
 

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Stupid links aren't working.... the first photobucket one, when you click the link and it says page not found just add an 'f' in the address bar to make the last word 'gif'. The microdirect one, have a look for crucial ballistix pc8500
 

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Thats actually really good price for tht ram especially how its latencies turn out at lower frequencies.

Ill try to find a review of the SLI memory which upps the voltage and tightens timings, its still got 1T which gives it a good advantage. If the extra voltage can get it down to 3-3-3-9/12-1T then its still good competition, and I have a strange feeling it will be able to clock quite high using that. Otherwise that crucial looks to be the better deal, thanks for that :p

Still, I rememebr seeing a bIOS option in a pic recently that had an option to enable "sli memory".


 

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I suppose it depends what you want it to do really doesn't it, but the crucial is just amazing at everything seemingly. I've had ocz flex pc9200, team pc6400 cas3 and pc9600, and some g skill cas3 and this is the best by far. Just can't believe how cheap it is. Suppose it's not surprising it's so good as Crucial are owned by Micron :) If you get the OCZ and OC it, post here with your results if you don't mind.