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We all know that the transition to 2GB imminent. It is just a matter of time when people decide to hop over the border. 2GB DDR kits are not hard to find. The hard part is finding a kit that allows good overclocking headroom. Fortunately for us, memory companies are keeping on their toes and quickly providing us with good overclocking 2GB kits. In the DDR2 world, there is not much problem in finding good 2GB enthusiast memory. This lies within the fact that the majority of DDR2 ICs are already high in density. If you notice, 512MB DDR2 modules are usually single sided. This means that a 1GB dual channel kit will come with two single sided memory. There is little to no problem for memory companies to use a new PCB and slap another row of ICs on the other side to make 1GB modules, resulting with 2GB dual channel kits. DDR2 is great isn't it?
For those who have been keeping up with 2GB enthusiast memory should know that overclocking results won't reach as high as 1GB kits. Crucial came extremely close and currently still leads the pack with their Ballistix, but megahertz for megahertz, it cannot beat TCCD. The reason is that when ICs are too dense in size, overclocking results will drop. You can consider it as a trade-off. What about for DDR2? DDR2 already comes with dense ICs, so will it hinder the overclocking potential? We'll find out through Corsair's current flagship DDR2.