Transcend is a manufacturer that has been producing system memory since the late 1980s, and over the past several years they have made a name for themselves with their expanding line up of related items. Their products have been featured on Bigbruin.com numerous times; we have looked at flash drives, portable hard drives, and MP3 players, but this is actually the first review of any of their system memory products.
Being the first Bigbruin.com review of Transcend's system memory, it is fitting that we start at the top. Transcend USA has provided two sticks of what is currently their fastest DDR2, their part number TS128MLQ64V8J. What that translates into is that we have two 1024MB sticks of 240-pin DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) memory with timings of 5-5-5-15.
With DDR2 now the standard memory for both AMD and Intel systems, the speeds, timings, and prices are becoming more appealing and people are taking note. Those who set themselves up with a smaller kit of lower speed DDR2 in the recent past may now be looking at an upgrade to a bigger, faster kit (which might cost less than what they paid for the kit they are using now). This review is going to take a look at this 2GB DDR2-800 kit from Transcend by comparing it to a 1GB DDR2-667 kit. Before getting to that, let's take a look at some of the published data from the Transcend USA website.
» Stable and Durable, Highly Compatible
» 100% tested
» Lifetime Warranty
» Memory Type: DDR2 Memory
» Pin and Module Type: 240Pin DIMM
» Frequency: DDR2-800
» Function: Unbuffer Non-ECC Memory
» Capacity: 1GB
» DRAM: 64Mx8
» Voltage: 1.8 V
» CL: 5
The first thing you will notice with the packaging is that this is not a true 2GB dual channel kit. Transcend only sells this memory with individually packaged 256MB, 512MB, or 1024MB modules. I do not like this type of packaging since you have to destroy it to get in, but it does show off the memory, some of the key features and specifications, and it even provides illustrated instructions on how to open the packaging.
To create a dual channel kit, simply buy two modules. The below left image shows the 2GB dual channel kit to be reviewed. The below right image shows the balance of items included with the memory. You have a warranty card, some basic literature, and an installation guide.