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Kingmax HardCore DDR500
By Vijay Anand
Category : Memory
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 13th July, 2004
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  

Made For Overclockers In Mind

While memory vendors kept churning higher and higher speed memory modules for the overclocking enthusiast community, Kingmax was perhaps the only other major vendor who hadn't jumped onto this bandwagon till now. After the long wait, Kingmax finally debuted their HardCore series of memory products, which are aptly named for the targeted user group. Kingmax has both Tiny BGA and TSOP flavors in speeds of DDR 466, DDR500 and recently showcased at Computex 2004 was the DDR550 variant. Primarily, Kingmax was evaluating the market demand before commencing their series, hence the later time to market. Was the wait worth it? Well, for one thing, consumers now have a wider choice and even within the Kingmax product group, you've both the TinyBGA and TSOP variants. First to be available in the market are the TSOP variants and we received two of their 512MB DDR500 modules for evaluation.

We received two retail packaged Kingmax HardCore DDR500 memory modules. Ours went through some rough handling, hence the less than prime condition of the box.

The Kingmax HardCore series memory modules sport distinctive heat spreaders.

Here's the product ID in close range.

The RAM chips on the Kingmax HardCore DDR500 modules were not even listed on the Hynix website, but according to some of the online news releases, the HY5DU56822CT-D5 is the world's fastest DDR part rated for DDR500 operation.

The RAM organization on each of these 512MB modules is such that there are two memory banks (comprising of 16 RAM chips in total). Like most other high-speed RAM modules of the DDR500 caliber, the recommended operating parameters for the Kingmax HardCore DDR500 is CAS-3.0, 8-4-4. Its default voltage requirement is 2.6V with a +/- 0.1V tolerance. You should not about worry the strict tolerance because most memory modules can handle slightly more than this range. There's not very much else to be said of these modules, so let's push on to our test setup, the parameters used and the results.

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