12GB of DDR3 vengeance from Corsair

Subject: Memory | January 17, 2011 - 11:53 AM |
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Triple channel memory has had slow uptake thanks to the limited number of processors that will support it.  However, those with X58 boards and a Bloomfield, Gulftown or newer Xeon CPU do enjoy the lowered memory latency that using DDR3 in triple channel mode and manufacturers are still putting out kits.  For those with a definite need for large pools of RAM, the new Corsair Vengence 12GB kit (3 x 4GB DIMMs) are a solid choice.  It is also a good choice for those looking to overclock as OCC took these DIMMs almost to 2000MHz without having to relax the timings much.

"Overclocking a 12GB set of memory should present some challenges but when playing with this set is was

no harder to overclock than a 6GB set. I say that knowing it should take more QPI volts to stabilize the

overclock than you might use with a 6GB set. All it took was the right combination of settings to reach

the number. 1700MHz came without much fuss but 1800Mhz took an increase in voltage while maintaining the

9-9-9-24 timings. Moving up further required another bump to 1.65v and to finally reach 1974MHz (374MHz

over the rated 1600Mhz) the timings needed to be relaxed to 9-10-9-27."

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