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Friday, May 18, 2007
Mushkin XP2-6400 2GB

1. Introduction

Founded in 1994, Mushkin is best known for producing “Enhanced” memory modules. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado, Mushkin provides performance enhanced computer products to users worldwide. Exceptional quality, enhanced performance and unparalleled customer support are what make Mushkin products the best in the industry.

Mushkin products include an enhanced power supply line and a complete selection of memory upgrades for desktops, servers and notebooks – they offer something for everyone from business user to gamer. Mushkin enhanced memory products are available in several performance categories from standard to extreme, with the REDLINETM series in a class of its own. With customers including Apple Computer and NASA to gamers and web browsers, Mushkin knows what is important to customers - enhanced performance with uncompromised quality.

- Mushkin XP2-6400 2GB

  • Part Number: 996561 (2x2GB)
    Feature: DDR2 PC2-6400
  • Module: 256Mx64
  • Chip: 128Mx8
  • DIMM Type: UNBUFFERED
  • Error Checking: NON-ECC
  • Speed: DDR2-6400
  • Voltage: 2.2~2.25
  • Memory Timings: 4-3-3-10
  • Warranty: Life Time Warranty

- Retail package

Mushkin provided us with the retail package of its XP2-6400 (2x2GB). Mushkin sells the modules directly, at a retail price of $500. The retail kit is nothing fancy, with just the two modules packaged in a protective plastic shell.

The memory modules are encased in black aluminum heatspreaders, giving a special "color" to your system. Mushkin calls these "FrostByte heatspreaders", which are supposed to offer superior thermal efficiency to improve durability and performance. We will see later in our review, exactly how and if FrostByte heatsinks help or not. On both sides of the heatspreader, there is the "Mushkin" logo, while on one side is a sticker with part numbers and other manufacturing information.

The product is rated to work at 800MHz with 4-3-3-10 timings.

Keep in mind, that in order to take full advantage of the 2x2GB modules, you need a 64bit operating system, like XP x64bit edition or VISTA 64bit.

Under Windows XP/Vista 32bit, only 2.75GB will be recognizable:




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