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KINGMAX PC3500 (DDR433 – 216MHz) CL2.5

Pence per Megabyte - 12.8

Torture Test at 200MHz – Passed

Torture Test Overclocked – Passed second attempt

Probably best known for its proprietary TinyBGA memory modules, Taiwan based Kingmax’s parent company, the Kingmax Group, has been in existence since 1989 and underwent a major expansion in 2001.

Kingmax decided to submit its SuperRAM series DDR433 memory to us for this roundup. The memory chips used are Kingmax branded and these modules come with a lifetime warranty.

No heat spreaders are employed on these modules.

First Impressions

You know the score by now. Green PCB with 16 wire bonded TSOP memory chips soldered in place make these modules fade very quickly into the crowd.

The large, colourful, 7 x 4.5 x 1in box came emblazoned with the words “Best Choice For Avid Overclocker” on the front, while lots of marketing spiel on the reverse brought hope of great things to come. Inside, the memory sat snugly in its own white polystyrene tray along with some basic but perfectly adequate installation instructions which also covered warranty procedures.

Testing – 200MHz

Rank When Tested on a Prescott CPU at 200MHz: 13th from 18

Rank When Tested on a Northwood CPU at 200MHz: 14th from 18

A fairly weak overall performance suggested that this product was more about promise than delivery. A tenth place finish under our ScienceMark 2.0 test was the best this memory managed and generally these modules put in a fairly sub-par showing.

Testing – Overclocking

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using SPD settings: 230MHz

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) low ambient of 18c: 230MHz

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) high ambient of 28c: 220MHz

Rank - overclocked performance (high ambient): 18th from 18

Well, it seems the “Choice For Avid Overclocker” is in reality anything but that - at least that’s the situation when run on our particular test system setup. With a reasonable 230MHz delivered under ideal conditions, this tails off to a rather lowly 220MHz maximum under more realistic high ambient conditions.

With all overclocked benchmark results taken into account, the Kingmax modules finished propping up the bottom of the table, though the recent price reduction to a measly 12.8p per Megabyte does help lift its desirability.


Overall Rank, all performance parameters included: 16th from 18

With only the Crucial and Apacer 3200 finishing below it in performance terms, Kingmax proved to be a very ordinary performer. This, in addition to its inability to complete the overclocked torture test at the first time of asking means that we really can’t recommend this memory.

Of course we could simply have a bad module, we wouldn’t be the first, but based on its tame demeanour and the mediocre numbers it returned we're afraid it must be consigned to the “nothing special” category.

At 220MHz even the overclocking can’t bail it out and ultimately the Kingmax is only worth considering if you‘re on a very tight budget.

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