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Subject: Memory | July 6, 2010 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Crucial Ballistix Thermal Sensor Memory Kit that Benchmark Reviews got its hands on is similar to other kits that Crucial has released but offers an interesting feature. It has a temperature sensor built in that is able to determine the current voltage, speed, clockings and temperature and display that information for you. While that is a very handy tool for overclockers who are trying to determine just how far their RAM subsystem can be pu
Subject: Memory | June 23, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3 20000 4GB kit will set you back almost $350 but if you are looking for RAM speced at 2500MHz you already know you are going to be paying a steep entry fee. The timings look a little odd at first glance, 9-11-9-27 is not a usual set of timings but then again that does hint that there is some room to manoeuvre when you are adjusting your final clock settings. For instance,
Subject: Memory | June 15, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX 1600/1866
LoVo RAM kit takes memory profiles to a new level. The reason that the DIMMs are rated for two speeds comes from the fact that it has two different profiles, the low voltage 1600MHz @ 1.25V or 1866MHz @ 1.35V, both significantly lower than the 1.65V maximum for DDR3 and an Intel Core family chip. The low voltages used mean that you can easily fit these into any system as no heatsinks are n
Subject: Memory | May 31, 2010 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a socket 1156 processor that is looking for some of the fastest dual channel RAM on the planet then check out the Kingston HyperX PC3-19200 (2400MHz @ 9-11-9-27) 4GB kit. The price is unknown to Tweaktown, but at 2.4GHz and with an active cooling solution you know it will not be cheap. You don't have to consider that speed a solid ceiling, Tweaktown hit 2490MHz easily, with a bit more tweaking and a BIOS update or two you could probably top that.
Subject: Memory | May 18, 2010 - 10:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sometimes, the norm just isn't enough. Take our video editing and rendering system for an example; we have already discussed our transition to an ultra-high-end storage system that included either a set of FOUR 600GB Velociraptor hard drives or a pair of 256GB SiliconEdge SSDs. Now, after not a whole lot of discussion, the move from a 4GB allotment was necessary. The goal: 16GB.
Subject: Memory | May 17, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With 890GX motherboards we are seeing some support for 2000MHz but unfortunately not all can reach that height. For instance the ASUS M4A89GTD USB3 that OCC used as the base for testing the 2x2GB Mushkin Ridgeback 996902 PC3 16000 is limited to 1800MHz. In theory, by reducing the total spe
Subject: Memory | May 11, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dropping $750 on RAM might be beyond the budgets of some, but if you do video editing or run a server with lots of connections or virtual machines, 12GB sounds just about right. That is where Crucial's new 12GB DDR3 kit comes in, three 1333MHz 4GB DIMMs with timings of 9-9-9-25 @ 1T. You can tell right away these DIMMs are not for the overclocker, there is no fancy heatsink assembly and when you install them you will notice a complete lack of XMP support. On the other hand the lifetime warranty and support
and low voltages make this perfect for a production machine.
Subject: Memory | May 6, 2010 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, California, May 6, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide supplier of high-performance PC components, today announced the launch of the Dominator GTX4, a new ultra-high-speed module with operation guaranteed up to 2533 MHz.
Subject: Memory | April 26, 2010 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX PC3 1866MHz LoVo DIMMs seem a little strange at first glance and not just because of the green heatspreaders. It seems counterintuitive that a HyperX module, billed as Kingston's fastest product line should also be environmentally conscious. It does make sense when you realize that the DIMMs have more that one JEDEC spec. The first XMP profile runs the DIMMs at 1.2
Subject: Memory | April 20, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, CA—April 20, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB:OCZT), a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils its all new “Gold Series,” 4GB (4096MB) modules and 8GB dual-channel kits for current and next generation platforms.
Subject: Memory | April 15, 2010 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you dismiss Kingmax as a non-player in the RAM industry, you have to realize that their downfall happened due to a slow adoption of DDR, in the days of SDRAM they were, well, King. They have returned, the Kingmax Hercules PC3-17600 represents the higher end of DDR3. Clocked out of the package at 2200MHz @ 10-10-10-30 2T the frequency is unarguably high even if the timings look relaxed. Of course, to most enthusiasts this screams for an overclock or at least a tightening of the timings and Tweaktown could not resist and
Subject: Memory | April 8, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mushkin Ridgeback 998827 PC3 12800 kit is 3x2GB DDR3 DIMMs with a rather spiny look to them thanks to the integral heat spreaders. Natively they run at 8-8-8-24 but there is a bit of overhead left on these DIMMs, enough to take them over 2000MHz. OCC hit 2049MHz on their test system though the timings were reduced to 8-10-9-29 and th
Subject: Memory | March 29, 2010 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the name implies, the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 AMD Black Edition Ready 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit is optimized for Black Edition AMD CPUs. It integrates its self with AMD's OverDrive utility allowing you to pick various profiles with the click of a mouse; if your motherboard offers support which not all do.
Subject: Memory | March 19, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Viper II Sector 5 2000MHz 4GB DDR3 kit sports timings of 8-8-8-24 and a price of $55 per gigabyte. If that seems a little steep to you it is because that is exactly what it is, however that is the penalty you pay for RAM that runs at 2GHz. The extra bandwidth did show up across the boards in the testing Legit Reviews did; though perhaps
Subject: Memory | March 9, 2010 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G.Skill's new DDR-1600 ECO Kit 4 GB might not offer the fastest frequency on the market, what it does offer are low timings of 7-8-7-24 and a voltage of 1.35V to keep the heat down. That isn't even as far as it will go on those stock settings as techPowerUp!
Subject: Memory | March 1, 2010 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $225 for 4GB, the G.Skill Pi Series PC3-17600 is a little pricey and at DDR3-2200 speeds and 7-10-10-28 timings it is more than a little fast. Designed to work as dual channel RAM for a Core i7 860 or 870, and with support on a number of P55 boards, this is definitely a kit aimed at those looking for the top performance around. The kit comes with G.Skill's Turbulence Cooling Fan, a shroud type fan that attaches
Subject: Memory | February 9, 2010 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Memory | January 21, 2010 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Black Edition DDR3-1600 memory kit is supposed to be designed specifically for AMD Black Edition CPUs. The colour certainly matches and the badge on the heatspreaders are a nice touch but it is really the performance that matters, which is what Benchmark Reviews set out to determine. 8-8-8-24 timings are relatively low, but to refer to RAM that uses the standard DDR3 voltage, 1.65V, as low voltage does seem to be a stretch. Black Edition
Subject: Memory | January 5, 2010 - 08:44 PM | Jonathan Hung
Super Talent is announcing the availability of two high density DDR3 1600MHz kits designed for Intel P55 and X58 systems. The 8GB kit (WP160UX8G9) consists of two 4GB sticks clocking in at 9-9-9-28, and the 12GB kit is identical but with three 4GB sticks.
These two kits should be available this week at resellers.
(Aside: This is painful for me as I just bought 4x2GB DDR3 sticks for my upcoming Lynnfield build. In retrospect I should have opted for 2x4GB instead.)
Subject: Memory | December 15, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hi-Tech Reviews takes a look at two alternatives to buying high end memory that comes equipped with large heatspreaders. Much of the time it is possible to purchase RAM with similar timings and speed for quite a bit less; or even more fun is to buy lower speed RAM and overclock it until it tries to melt. Picking up a third party cooler ensures that the meltdown won't happen quite as quickly, but the question remains as to whether the high end DIMMs that come equipped with heatspreaders can compete with third party memory coolers.