256MB AZZO Brand Memory
Products: AZZO 256MB PC133 222, Corsair 256MB PC133 222
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2001
One of the more popular online stores that I'm sure everyone has
run across some time or another is AZZO.
They do cater to the overclocking crowd and carry many of the latest
motherboards, CPUs, and other components. Blake over at AZZO asked me to try out
their own brand of memory, which contain only the highest quality DRAMs
(Samsung, Toshiba, Hitachi and Micron) available in the marketplace today. The
actual memory module that arrived was a 256MB PC133 CAS2 AZZO brand ram.
You can see from the big sticker that it is easy to identify the
exact specs of the memory module. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the
memory chips were indeed Micron Technologies brand, which is a very high quality
manufacturer of DRAMs. 7ns on the chip (-7E), with the "E" denoting
CAS2, just like the big sticker
Micro has been manufacturing high quality memory for quite some time now,
producing all different speeds and sizes. To be fair against the AZZO brand, I
used a 256MB Corsair PC133 CAS2 stick of memory. The Corsair module clearly
shows PC133, but it takes a little bit more effort to decode the fine print,
however you can pick out the 256-133C2 pretty easy.
Upon closer inspection, the DRAMs were also Micron Technologies
brand (sorry if the pic is hard to see), also -7E meaning 7ns CAS2 rating.
These two memory modules aren't exactly the same with different
stickers on them, you can actually tell they were manufactured from different
places. However both physically look outstanding in their craftsmanship.
Real quick run down of the test system:
||ABIT BE6-II v2.0
||Slot-1 PIII-700, stable up to
- Purchased From PCNut
||Creative Annihilator 2 (GF2GTS)
||Two 45GB IBM 75GXPs (RAID 0 Setup)
Wanting to take advantage of my first DIMM slot on my BE6-II, I
had to take a hack-saw to my Alpha P3125 that was on my P3. After trimming one
row of fins I had the clearance to use the first DIMM slot, however the CPU had
to be pulled out whenever I wanted to insert or remove the memory. I tested the
memory in the first DIMM slot since it yielded the most stable results. I also
bumped up my VIO to 3.8 to gain extra stability at these high FSB speeds. Most
motherboards on the market today that are geared for overclocking allow for VIO
adjustment, which can really help out when trying to push your system to the
In the results I am giving the maximum speed the system ran
stable (shown by a complete row of check marks), past this number either the
system would crash when loading windows, or wouldn't complete the POST boot.
These two memory modules performed almost neck and neck, with
the Corsair running slightly faster with the memory settings at 222. They both
came so close to running at 160MHz @ 333, but just couldn't quite do it. You
will notice that except for a couple companies (Kingmax is the only one I can
think of off of the top of my mind), nobody sells 256MB PC150 RAM. However, if
you buy quality RAM, then chances are you will have excellent overclocking
results with them, even past 150MHz. The actual maximum speed a stick of memory
will run will vary on an individual basis, but as you can see the yields are
already quite good, and I'm sure they will only get better.
I would recommend either of these brands of memory, both have a
limited lifetime warranty, and both use very high quality DRAMs. However if you
are thinking of upgrading your system, then you can go to AZZO
and pick up an OC combo that includes their AZZO brand memory and save yourself
a few buck by buying it all together (and pretested for that matter).
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