Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2 2GB Kit

Packaging & Appearance


The Mushkin XP2-8500 kit comes packaged in the blister pack that seems to be highly favoured among memory manufacturers these days. A pretty basic but effective form of packaging either way, and allows shoppers to get a good look at what they're getting for their money.

Packaging Front Packaging Back

The cardboard backing is a double sided piece of card with a beginner friendly set of instructions on the back, providing instructions for installation and troubleshooting. The text on the back however is very small considering the amount of space available and was very hard to read from a normal distance.

Here is a sample of the directions on the back:

If the machine boots, counts the memory, then locks up:
> Try the Mushkin seperately; double check the BIOS settings for the memory. If the settings are more aggressive than the specifications on the RAM the computer will not run properly

Pretty basic but very useful for someone newer to the world of computer modification and overclocking.


The XP modules from Mushkin come with the trademark FrostByte heatspeaders seen on all of Mushkins higher end kits. I personally quite like the look of these heatspeaders and I expect the ridges yield at least a small performance increase over the standard style of spreader.

The Mushkin logo is painted on both sides in green and lilac which stands out but I think detracts slightly from the aggressive look of the modules.

Mushkin front Mushkin Back

Mushkin front and back Mushkin Open

The heatspreader is fixed on both sides by double sided, sticky thermal-pads as well as two small stainless steel clips to hold the top securely in place. This allows for easy removal or replacement of the spreader. Now that we've had a look at our review subjects in detail, let's throw them into our test bench.
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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2007, 11:10:23

Mushkin make some awesome RAM

Nice review Llwyd Quote

14-02-2007, 11:59:13

Mr. Popo

Intel C2D E4300 "allendale"

You say "Allendale", CPU-Z say "Conroe".

Great review! Quote

14-02-2007, 12:03:45

Great review mate and very thorough. Well done I'll have to get me some Mushkin sticks some dayQuote

14-02-2007, 12:29:39

Looks like some pretty nice looking RAM, can't say I've ever come across Mushkin before though.Quote

14-02-2007, 12:31:51

Mr. Popo
Originally Posted by name='Deshman'
Looks like some pretty nice looking RAM, can't say I've ever come across Mushkin before though.
OMG, it's Mushkin!

"The Lord of The Apple RAM" Quote

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