Revisiting ultra fast DDR3; is it worth the price yet?

Subject: Memory | November 18, 2013 - 06:33 PM |
Tagged: DDR3-2400, patriot, Viper 3, Black Mamba, 16GB

Patriot's Viper 3 Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB kit will set you back $225 to purchase which is a large premium over DDR3-1600.  Base timings of 11-11-11-28 are not that much higher than DDR3 which might help these DIMMs live up to their premium pricing as will Intel's XMP 1.3 memory profile.  To find out how it compares to other 2400MHz RAM as well as slower kits you can head over to Neoseeker to read their full review as well as see what kind of overclock they managed to attain.

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"Today we review Patriot's Viper 3 series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16B dual channel memory kit featuring low-profile heatspreaders and an Intel XMP profile."

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Source: Neoseeker

Just how special is Kingston's 10th Anniversary HyperX Kit

Subject: Memory | October 3, 2013 - 05:31 PM |
Tagged: kingston hyper x, kingston, HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition, DDR3-2400, 16GB

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz brings you a DOTA 2 tourney but does it also bring performance to your PC?  This 4x4 kit runs DDR3-2133 @ 11-13-13-30 or DDR3-2400 @ 11-14-14-30 which implies very good performance from these DIMMs at stock speeds.  Of course Overclockers Club were not satisfied with stock speeds and with a little tweaking managed to hit DDR3-2522 @ 12-13-13-33 which was enough to give them a boost in performance without causing instability.  Another feature of these DIMMs many will like is the low profile of the heatspreaders which will allow a much broader choice of CPU heatsink.

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”During my testing I found that while the kit ran flawlessly at its rated speed of 2400MHz, they just did not offer a whole lot of headroom above that, even when pushing 1.75v+ through them. Seeing how running a 125MHz or 166MHz strap is a bit easier on the memory controller, I swapped to the 125MHz divider and started upping the frequency up a little at a time until reaching the maximum clock speed on the HyperX modules. I left the memory sub timings alone and controlled by the board, adjusted the primary timings to 12-13-13-33, adjusted the DRAM voltage to 1.70v, started up again, and finally reached 1260.2MHz or just over 2520MHz for a 120MHz gain in clock speed. That represents about a 5% gain from just testing and tweaking. What I found was that the Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary modules performed well even with the boosted clock speed. The low profile heat sink makes sure there are no restrictions to the CPU cooling solution used.”

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High speed DIMMs for Haswell, Corsair's Vengeance Pro series

Subject: Memory | June 27, 2013 - 07:44 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Corsair Vengeance, Corsair Vengeance Pro, DDR3-2400

Hot on the heels of Haswell comes high speed DIMMs from most manufacturers in much greater quantity than previously available.  For instance the Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 2400C10 Memory Kit, a pair of 8GB DIMMs with timings of 10-12-12-31 at stock and part of a family of RAM that runs from 8GB to 32GB and is available in speeds of up to 2933MHz.  MadShrimps just reviewed these DIMMs and while they didn't have much luck overclocking them they were more than satisfied with the stability at stock speeds.

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"CORSAIR just recently launched their brand new Vengeance Pro series kits. These are designed to set new levels in value and overclocking. With a new stylish and aggressive looking heat spreader design, available in four different flavors: Blue, Gold Red and Silver color. The current products range up from 8GB to a whopping 64GB kit. The rated speeds start of at 1600MHz up to 2933MHz for the flagship version; especially the high end versions are being optimized for Intel's 4th generation Haswell processors. At Computex 2013, CORSAIR already showed higher specced versions, though if these will ever hit the shelves remains a big question. The today's reviewed Vengeance Pro kit is one of the more enthusiast targeted kits, comprising out of two 8GB 2400MHz Cas 10 DIMMs, with a red accent finish."

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Source: MadShrimps

Kingston's Beast-ly new HyperX kit

Subject: Memory | April 15, 2013 - 04:44 PM |
Tagged: kingston, hyperX beast, DDR3-2400

At a speed of DDR3-2400 timings of 11-13-13-30 @ 2T are more than impressive and hint at the overclocking potential of these DIMMs.  They also come with two XPM settings, the one just mentioned which runs at 1.65V and a 2133 MHz mode which runs at 1.6V and similar timings.  Once TechPowerUp got their hands on the DIMMs they managed to hit 2634 MHz and tighten up the Command Rate to 1T.  Keep in mind those pretty heatspreaders may make your life difficult if your motherboard is crowded around the socket and your heatsink doesn't have much clearance.  That exact kit does not appear at NewEgg but a very similar 16GB kit does.

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"A rabid animal hungry for food, the Kingston HyperX Beast stampedes into the overclocking scene, ripping through our benchmarks like no other. Clocked in at 2400 MHz out of the box, these beasts are ready to take on whatever you want to feed them."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Celebrate 10 years of Kingston with 16GB of DDR3-2400

Subject: Memory | March 12, 2013 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged: kingston, hyperx, HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition, DDR3-2400

Kingston has put together a 16GB, 4DIMM quad (or dual) channel DDR-2400 kit with timings of 11-13-13-30 available for $160.  They've designed compact heat spreaders for this kit so even with the tight confines of the CPU socket which have become common today you should be able to fit these in your system without much difficulty.  From TechPowerUp's testing these DIMMs seem to be running all out at stock speeds, even upping the voltage only allowed them a stable 2468MHz perhaps not a problem on boards which cannot break 2400MHz in the BIOS.  They do mention that the Anniversary Special Editions have limited availability so if their review tempts you, purchase this kit as soon as you can.

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"To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the HyperX brand, Kinston has released a limited edition line up called the HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition. We take a look at the top-end 16 GB 2400 MHz CL11 kit, a blazing fast kit with performance to match."

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Source: TechPowerUp

G.Skill would like to know if you can handle 32GB of DDR3-2400

Subject: Memory | February 7, 2013 - 07:13 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill Trident X, DDR3-2400, 32GB, dual channel

At $280 the 32GB kit of DDR3-2400 RAM from G.Skill costs more than an SSD but if you consider what you would have paid for 4GB of DDR3 when it first hit the market you can't argue that the price of a kit like this has fallen drastically.  The timings are not even particularly loose for DIMMs of this speed, 10-12-12-31 @ 2T is not too shabby, though Neoseeker didn't have much luck tightening them as they couldn't get to the fully rated speed of the DIMMs due to their motherboard not being able to support that speed.  Keep note of that, many motherboards simply do not have 2400MHz as a choice in the BIOS and many CPUs won't be able to keep these DIMMs fully active.  You could always opt for using a goodly chunk of the memory as a RAM drive, no matter what speed your BIOS supports.  Check the full review here.

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"Today I will be looking at G. Skill's Trident X DDR3 2400MHz 32GB quad channel memory kit. With their goal of extreme overclocking performance, G. Skill uses the highest quality memory IC's available when manufacturing their memory. To ensure trouble-free operation, their memory undergoes rigorous testing to verify their craftsmanship and performance."

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Source: Neoseeker

ADATA puts out the second version of their XPG Gaming RAM

Subject: Memory | November 20, 2012 - 07:44 PM |
Tagged: adata, DDR3-2400

For DDR3-2400 the Dual Channel ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB kit has decent timings @ 11-13-13-35.  Neoseeker's testing was not without problems however as Windows refused to boot at the full 2400MHz on their MSI Big Bang XPower II, instead they had to run at 2133MHz though the timings were tightened to 10.13.13.31 1T.  Performance fell in line with other similar kits at that speed, perhaps not at the top of the pack but certainly in the running.  They are out of stock at NewEgg, but you might be able to lay your hands on these fancy green DIMMs from another retailer.

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"ADATA hopes to join the ranks of the big boys in the gaming memory market with their XPG Gaming v2.0 series of memory kits. We review the DDR3-2400 8GB dual channel kit and put head to head against the likes of G.Skill's Ripjaws Z, Patriot's Viper III and the Corsair Dominator GT to see how well it can compete."

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Source: Neoseeker

G.Skill's 8GB Trident X DDR3-2400 carries a large price tag

Subject: Memory | May 25, 2012 - 04:35 PM |
Tagged: 8gb, G.Skill Trident X, DDR3-2400

At $100 G.Skill's 8GB Trident X DDR3-2400 carries a higher price than slightly slower kits which made Neoseeker curious as to why it comes at such a premium.  The kit is certainly attractive looking with its tall red heatspreaders but looks are not everything when it comes to RAM, though the ability to remove the heatspreaders could be quite valuable to those with large heatsinks.  Timings of 10-12-12-31 @2T are not awe inspiring but are comparable to other 2400MHz kits and it seems that the DIMMs cannot provide much more as the overclocking Neoseeker managed was not much of an improvement.  Read on to see if the high speed of the DIMMs can overcome the relatively loose timings in the full review.

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"G.Skill's 8GB Trident X DDR3-2400 memory kit has blazing fast speeds and a modular heatsink design, all in a $99 USD package. The Trident X series was designed from the ground up to be XMP Ready for Intel's 3rd Generation Core processors and Z77 platform (Ivy Bridge), which is where the higher clock speeds come in. It's also practically double the price of other DDR3-2400 dual channel kits, so hit our review to see what level of performance Trident X has to offer for its price premium."

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Source: Neoseeker