CellShock PC2-9200 (DDR2-1150) 2GB Kit
Published: 8th August 2007 | Source: CellShock | Price: |Introduction
Just over two months ago we were given the opportunity to review a rather special PC2-6400 DDR2 kit from a relatively unknown company called CellShock. With a massive overclock of 50% and an an excellent price point, the kit not only won the hearts of many OC3D forum members, but also managed to walk away with a whopping 97% final score and our highly regarded "Best In Class" award. Since then, CellShock have been working hard to expand their product line-up and today we've been given the opportunity once again to take a look at one of their latest products.
However, for the benefit of those who haven't heard of CellShock in the past, let's get acquainted with the company using some snippets from their website:
Producing user memories in all variations and specifications for industry has always been one of MSC's core competencies. And now, with the new CellShock series, we are applying the knowledge gained to DRAM memory systems for PC fans. We use special techniques for chip selection and printed circuit boards with enhanced layouts including exhaustive quality testing. We also have contracts with a variety of reputable manufacturers of memory chips and electronic components that enable us to access a wide assortment of applications for optimizing our products.
CellShock memory kits are very much aimed at the overclocker, and their website certainly makes no effort to hide this fact:
More information about the company and their products can be found here.
Also found on the CellShock site is information on their manufacturing process, and more interestingly, the specs of the DDR2-1150 kit we are going to be looking at today.
• Timings: 5-5-5-18
• VDimm: 2,3V - 2,4V
• Chip: Micron D9GKX 64Mx8
• PCB: 8-layer, 240pin
• Guarantee: 5 years
The CellShock PC2-9200 modules are based on an 8-layer PCB that ensures maximum stability, and as we can see from above, also make use of overclocker friendly Micron D9 (D9GKX) memory IC's. Their stock timings are 5-5-5-18, which is fairly average for a kit of this speed, and the Cellshock warranty guarantees them for 5 years when used with voltages up to 2.4v.
As with most other high-performance kits, it's always best to check for compatibility with your motherboard, as some budget or non-overclocker boards are unable to provide the 2.3-2.4v required to run the memory at its stated speeds without experiencing instability.