Date: January 11th, 2007
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Super Talent
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MEMORY OVERCLOCKING POTENTIAL:
My overclocking experience with this memory was a mixed bag. The memory was as stable as a rock at stock settings (CL7-7-7-21 2.0V 450 Front Side bus).
Unfortunately the moment I started pushing this ram 5MHz past stock settings I would get BSOD's and random reboots. I even increased the ram to 2.2v (widely considered dangerous voltage for DDR3), and relaxed 8-8-8-27 timings. Even after performing those steps I couldn't get even a 1MHz increase. This may not be indicative of this rams potential, this phenomenon could just be localized to my particular review sample. Here is my final result:
Somewhat disappointing. But since the board has to overclock just to reach rated speeds this is not so surprising. I believe 1800MHz IC's are being pushed to the limit to run just the rated speed. Since most enthusiasts will be overclocking to take advantage of this kit in the first place, it's not such a serious issue.
PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING:
The Testbed is comprised of:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- SUPER TALENT 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800 (PC3 14400) Dual Channel Kit
- ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard(DDR3)
- ASUS P5K PREMIUM/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard(DDR2)
- Vmem = 2.0volts
- EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
- ForceWare Release Version: 163.75
- Windows XP Professional SP2
- Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
- Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Power Supply
Memory Benchmarked Against:
- CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit
For this memory I will be comparing the 1800MHz DDR3 with its 1066 DDR2 counterpart. I will be utilizing two very closely related Asus motherboards to narrow the playing field as much as possible. The software environment will be identical for both boards. This will allow a picture to develop that will tell us how the memory compares in its natively supported environment.
Let's see how it performed...