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Corsair and Super Talent: Is DDR3 Ready for the Enthusiast?

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Memory
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Super Talent W1866UX2G8

Super Talent, a relative new comer in the world of high-end consumer memory, is trying to make inroads against Corsair, OCZ and others.  To do so, they know they’ll need a healthy does of quality product coupled with support for the enthusiast community.  The first of their products to hit our test bench is the Super Talent W1866UX2G8 2GB DDR3 memory kit.  These modules are single-sided with only a standard passive heastsink yet claim to have some incredibly impressive specs:




















  Timings Frequency Voltage
SPD 7-7-7-18 1066 MHz 1.8v
Rated 8-8-8-24 1866 MHz 1.9v



By looking at the specifications of the two competing modules, the win would seem to fall into the hands of Super Talent’s memory.  By being able to go to a slightly higher frequency (though with a step up in latencies) at 0.1v lower power and less complicated and potential less expensive cooling solution, the new comer might have a fighting chance.


Testing Configuration


The ability to review high performance memory modules is a touchy subject with me.  There are some many variables involved in overclocking (which is essentially all testing high performance memory is) that it is basically impossible for any one person to DEFINITIVELY tell us which is the best overclocking memory.  Some modules might work best with the Intel P35 chipset while others might be able to work best with the NVIDIA 680i chipset.  Some memory could do better on an Asus motherboard that it does on an MSI motherboard.  The potential for error or oversight is large and the downfalls potentially harmful to our valued readers. 


To that point, you won’t find any “highest overclock” sections in our memory reviews most of the time – having only a single sample of each memory kit and only one technician (me) running tests leaves a lot of information to be gathered.  Users buying their own modules online might find better or worse overclocking potential on their particular sticks of memory so I prefer to leave much of that open ended.


What you will see from me in this review is a test at how the modules perform when they are set at their default speeds and if they can live up to the memory settings they claim on their packaging and marketing. 


































DDR3 Memory Test System Setup


CPU


Intel Core 2 Duo E6750


Motherboard


Asus Blitz Extreme P35


Memory 

Corsair Memory CM3X1024-1800C7D
Super Talent W1866UX2G8

Hard Drive


Western Digital Raptor X 150GB WD1500ADFD


Sound Card


none


Video Card


ATI Radeon X1900 XT


Video Drivers


Catalyst 7.7

Power Supply Cooler Master 900 watt

Operating System


Windows Vista Ultimate x64

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