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Visiting Mushkin: Production of the PCGH memory

Author: Daniel Möllendorf (Oct 16, 2008) - Currently Mushkin is producing the PCGH memory in their German branch in Kandel. We visited the factory and with the PCGH RAM as an example we will show you how Mushkin is selecting memory, checking its stability and overclocking capabilities, attaching the coolers and finally makes the modules ready for delivery.
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Currently Mushkin is producing the PCGH memory in their German branch in Kandel. We visited the factory and with the PCGH RAM as an example we will show you how Mushkin is selecting memory, checking its stability and overclocking capabilities, attaching the coolers and finally makes the modules ready for delivery. (picture: PCGH)
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Currently Mushkin is producing the PCGH memory in their German branch in Kandel. We visited the factory and with the PCGH RAM as an example we will show you how Mushkin is selecting memory, checking its stability and overclocking capabilities, attaching the coolers and finally makes the modules ready for delivery. (picture: PCGH)
Michael Schnetzer (aka No_Name) – professional overclocker and Mushkin Public Relations representative – takes us on a tour through the facility and explains the individual production steps. (picture: PCGH)
In the main hall the memory modules are tested, packed stored and shipped. (picture: PCGH)
In the storage the modules for smaller contracts are stored. Michael shows us a DDR3 High-End kit from the latest Ascent series as an example. (picture: PCGH)
In the RMA area Mushkin checks modules that have been send back. For this purpose multiple motherboards are available. (picture: PCGH)
Defective modules from the RMA section. (picture: PCGH)
Right from the assembly line: The first 150 modules of the PCGH RAM have been selected already. (picture: PCGH)
Of course the Heatspreaders are still missing. (picture: PCGH)
The Heatspreaders for the PCGH memory. (picture: PCGH)
This is the where the assembly line starts: The modules are checked on multiple DDR2 test setups. (picture: PCGH)
Here the PCGH modules are tested on an Asus P5K Pro board. (picture: PCGH)
All test systems are connected to two monitors – with a simple switch the necessary system is accessed. Currently Goldmemory is running as a stability test. (picture: PCGH)
This is about the BIOS settings in use. Mushkin checks all modules with a security buffer. Instead of the guaranteed settings of DDR2-1000, 5-5-5-12 and 2.1 volt the PCGH memory is tested with DDR-1020, 5-5-5-12 and 2.06 volt. Only if the kit passes those tests it will be used for the PCGH memory. If the test reveals any failures, the modules are downgraded and checked if the meet the DDR2-800 specifications. (picture: PCGH)
Here you can see a second… (picture: PCGH)
… and a third array of test setups. (picture: PCGH)
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