PMI 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel Memory Review




Power Memory International has been a RAM manufacturer 1990 however they just merged with PQI memory which was established in 1997. They will continue to sell RAM but from now on will be branded with PQI instead of PMI. This 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel (2x256MB) Platinum 2-3-2-6 kit was sent over for testing. PMI/PQI also has other memory ranging from PC2300 to PC4500 which is some of the fastest on the market. Below is a comparison chart of RAM speeds to get an idea of what we are looking at.

PC2700 DDR333 166MHz
PC3200 DDR400 200MHz
PC3500 DDR433 216MHz
PC3700 DDR467 223MHz
PC4000 DDR500 250MHz
PC4400 DDR550 275MHz
PC4500 DDR566 283MHz

Power Memory International’s website has a decent amount of information. Below are some specifications that I pulled from their website. Everything looks right on the mark, it would be nice to see some lower cas latency however I’m sure the RAM could handle it if I changed it in the BIOS.


  • Part Number: PMI3200-512DPL
  • Quality Control: Rigorously tested in pairs under dual channel environments
  • Package: 512 kit (2x256MB) dual channel pack
  • Organization: Two 32M x 64-bit
  • CAS Latency: 2-3-2-6
  • Test Voltage: 2.6 V
  • PCB Board: 6 Layers PCB
  • Heat Spreader: Platinum Copper
  • Speed: DDR 400 MHz (PC3200)
  • Type: 184-pin DDR SDRAM
  • Error Checking: Non-ECC
  • Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
  • Warranty: Lifetime

The memory comes retail packaged and isn’t very fancy. The label on the front gives you some information about the RAM the clear plastic gives you a glimpse inside. The modules themselves look pretty standard as far as RAM goes. They have platinum copper heat spreaders to dissipate heat and a label stuck to each. The heat spreaders are very shiny as you can see from the reflection of my cameras flash. I left the heat spreaders on the RAM since they are on there quite snug and didn’t want to damage the RAM.

Click here for a larger image Click here for a larger image