The JEDEC standard for DDR2 memory details that the maximum speed should be 1066MHz (PC2-8500), but for some enthusiasts that just isn't fast enough. Several manufacturers produce high performance modules capable of speeds of 1100, 1200, or even 1300MHz, as long as you can provide them with 2.3V, which is also in excess of the JEDEC standard.
Kingston is one brand with several modules in this overclocked DDR2 market, and we were recently impressed by a 1200MHz (PC2-9600) kit they provided for review. This time around the kit has a slightly reduced speed rating, but my hopes for a strong showing are just as high.
This review will be focused on a 2GB kit of PC2-9200 (1150MHz) DDR2 memory rated for 5-5-5-15 timings at 2.3-2.35V. Before taking a look at the kit provided for review, let's look at some of the published data taken from the Kingston website...
Features and Specifications:
» Part Number: KHX9200D2K2/2G
» Capacity: 2GB (Two 1GB modules)
» Speed Rating: 1150MHz (PC2-9200)
» Description: 128M X 64, Non-ECC, 240-pin Unbuffered DIMM
» Latency Timings: 5-5-5-15
» Voltage: 2.3-2.35V
For more technical information on this kit, please check out this PDF format datasheet from the Kingston website.
The image below shows the memory packaged in Kingston's traditional clear plastic shell with a black backing. Potential buyers get a good look at the product, a few details on the features and specifications, and tucked into the package behind one module is a paper insert with installation and warranty information.