PNY Optima SODIMM 2GB review

Bargain memory to give your laptop or netbook the edge

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Our Verdict

This memory would be perfect for upgrading your netbook but check you can adjust your memory clocks before you buy or you might waste money

For

  • Decent price
  • 800MHz

Against

  • Not the best for most netbooks

Netbooks are brilliant. It's like having a really crap PC you can take anywhere. The biggest factor in netbooks' crapness is usually the RAM. Manufacturers don't like putting too much in a netbook, for fear that it might actually make it good, so they tend to shove a meagre 512MB in there. It's like buying a puffin without wings.

Fortunately, PNY is on hand to fill the gap in the market with the Optima 2GB SODIMM module. At £20, it's a steal, and it'll make your netbook fly. Not literally.

Although our memory latency and bandwidth benchmarks were slightly lower, the fact that your PC's got more memory capacity means that it won't struggle to display Pac-Man, or a low resolution JPG.

There is a slight flaw in PNY's marketing. This module is said to run at 800MHz, which is great, apart from it won't actually achieve this speed on most netbooks. The problem is that most netbook's BIOSes are locked down, so you can barely even change the time and date, and you may as well forget about changing your memory clocks.

Obviously laptops tend to have more BIOS options, so you can happily stick it in there. If you really want to make your tiny PC of woe run faster, we'd recommend you check your BIOS before you invest in super speedy RAM.

If you can adjust the clocks, go for the 800MHz stuff. If not, stick to the even-cheaper generic memory.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyOptima
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Memory Size2 GB
Brand NamePNY
Form FactorSoDIMM
Memory Speed667 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins200-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
ManufacturerPNY Technologies
Product NameOptima 2GB DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module
Package TypeRetail
Product LineOptima
Manufacturer Part NumberMN2048SD2-667
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.pny.co.uk
Marketing Information

PNY manufactures DDR2 memory are compatible with desktop and notebook computers and processors including Intel's Pentium, Celeron, Centrino, AMD's Athlon and Sempron Socket AM2 processors, and others. PNY upgrade modules are compatible with systems from Apple, Compaq, DELL, Gateway, HP, IBM and over 5000 other systems.