Pence per Megabyte - 16.9
Torture Test at 200MHz â€“ Passed
Torture Test Overclocked - Passed
In addition to being Japanâ€™s number one memory manufacturer and with a pedigree spanning back to 1983, ADTEC clearly wants to appeal to the environmentalist in us all too. The memory supplied to us comes with the promise of no lead or halogenated compounds - this is in keeping with an EU directive stating that by 1st July 2006, member states are prohibited from selling electronic equipment containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Itâ€™s good to see that ADTEC is ahead of the game and offering environmentally friendly memory products over a year before the deadline.
The memory chips used are Samsung K4H560838F rated to 200MHz at 2.6v 3-3-3. Unfortunately I couldnâ€™t find any definitive details on warranty terms.
No heat spreaders were employed on these modules.
ADTECâ€™s modules represented some of the more expensive â€œvalue memoryâ€ on test, though to be fair it does offer a â€œgreenâ€ choice for those who care about such things, and I suggest more of us should really.
Once again we see the omission of any kind of value-added heat spreaders and instead we are faced with a rather boring green PCB and 18 wire bonded TSOP chips. The simple, stripped-down look is almost in keeping with its environmentally friendly lapel badge.
Testing â€“ 200MHz
Rank When Tested on a Prescott CPU at 200MHz: 7th from 18
Rank When Tested on a Northwood CPU at 200MHz: 9th from 18
Another mid-table finish, though there was a slight advantage to running on the newer Prescott platform. Based on its slightly high price of 16.9p per megabyte this isnâ€™t the most tempting memory on test here, unless being green is more important to you than parting with your money.
Testing â€“ Overclocking
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using SPD settings: 230MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) low ambient of 18c: 250MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) high ambient of 28c: 250MHz
Rank - overclocked performance (high ambient): 11th from 18
250MHz is what weâ€™d expect to see from these Samsung chips, in fact I was expecting a little more if truth were told. Overclocking by SPD netted us a top frequency of 230MHz while easing off again allowed us to reach 250MHz. Even here though performance ranked in the bottom half of the table.
Overall Rank, all performance parameters included: 9th from 18
Thereâ€™s a lot to like about ADTECâ€™s PC3200, which turned in a consistently noteworthy performance even when overclocked. Some day all memory will be made this way, at least it will if itâ€™s manufactured or sold in Europe, but is it too early to be paying a small price premium just to save the planet we live on? That, Iâ€™m afraid, is your call.
ADTEC has offered a green alternative that doesnâ€™t ask you to sacrifice too much performance or price in return, and that can only be praised.