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Who remembers when all we needed was 256MB of system memory to play our favorite games? I certainly do. In fact, I can remember when 256MB was more than what we needed. Kicking ass on Counter-Strike 1.6 had never looked smoother. At the time, I had even told some of my friends that 512MB was unnecessary and excessive. Now, with those "excessive" specs, I can barely surf the web, much less play any games, on their systems. It is ridiculously slow. Times are definitely changing. Even the times when I told my friends about my 1GB of system memory seems like a long time ago. The surprised looks on their faces were quite hilarious. The need for more system memory is inevitable. The popularity of 2GB memory is on the rise and is slowly becoming the norm. How and when did this all happen? Are you seething now because you just purchased a 1GB dual channel kit? Blame it on Battlefield 2.
It is quite amazing how games can make upgrading your computer hardware an absolute necessity. Nonetheless, memory companies have realized this and have been desperately searching for memory ICs capable of high overclocks. There are a lot of memory parts being released with a PC4000 rating, but those also come with loose latencies. That certainly cannot be helped since high density ICs are less likely to run at tight timings. Corsair's latest 2GB dual channel kit comes with the highest speed rating of all--PC4400 with latencies of 3-4-4-8. Exciting, isn't it?