DDR3 Memory Roundup

Six different modules from six different manufacturers
Crucial   Patriot
Corsair   Mushkin  
Author: Toni Siik
Published: 03.10.2008
Product Group: Memory
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As time goes on, new technologies are pushed onto the markets. DDR3 made it's first appearance as prototypes in early 2005, but we had to wait until half-way through 2007 to get our hands on them. The first desktop chipset that supported the new DDR3 memory was the P35 "Bearlake" chipset from Intel. Now Intel has several newer chipsets with DDR3 support and Nvidia has joined them with a couple of their own. AMD CPUs and chipset however still don't support this memory-type, but support should arrive with the new AM3-socket some time in 2009. This follows the same trend that AMD took with the transition from DDR to DDR2 as they followed Intels lead much later.


DDR3 Memory Roundup (G.SKILL, CSX, Crucial, Patriot, Corsair and Mushkin)

As the previous memory review we've done is from 2003 we saw fit to do a larger roundup this time. Our goal was to get some of the highest-performing memory kits and pit them against each other over various different benchmarks. This time we are mainly going to concentrate on the performance of the kits, not the technology behind them. The people at CSX, Patriot, Crucial, G.Skill, Mushkin and Corsair were nice enough to send us something to test. Now that the contenders were sorted out we can get busy... But before getting to the benchmarks, lets get a bit more familiar with the contenders in todays roundup.

The Contenders:

G.Skill F3-14400CL8D-2GBPI

  • Rated at 1800MHz and 8-8-8-21 timings with 1.9V

This 2GB kit from G.Skill is equipped with the new PI-series heatsinks and its available in both 2GB and 4GB kits. I found this kit retailing at 169 € at a local finnish store.

CSX Diablo3-2000-2GB-Kit

  • Rated at 2000MHz and 8-7-6-19 T1 timings with 2.0-2.1V

The CSX 2GB kit features the tightest rated timings of the whole bunch at a cost of a high voltage though. This kit has been targeted towards the overclockers and gamers that have the other hardware that's need to run memory at these speeds. I actually had trouble finding this kit on sale anywhere, but this kit should retail at around 140 € when you find in on the store shelves eventually.

Crucial Ballistix PC3-16000 CL9 EPP

  • Rated at 2000MHz and 9-9-9-28 timings with 1.9V

The Crucial Ballistix kit is also rated at 2000MHz, but the timings are considerably looser when compared with the CSX kit, but the voltages are also alot more reasonable. Crucial has a $295/205 € price set for this kit, but you might be able to find it for a lower price if you look around. It also features EPP-profiles for the Nvidia chipsets.

Patriot PVS32G1800LLK

  • Rated at 1800MHz and 8-8-8-20 timings with 1.9V

This is Patriots Extreme Performance lines one of the better performing kits with nice rated frequencies and fairly tight timings. Unlike the Nvidia designed Viper series, 4GB kits in the "ordinary" Viper series are only available in lower 1600MHz and 1333MHz versions. This kit has a retail price of around $175/122 €, so it seems like its a real bargain.

Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV

  • Rated at 1600MHz and 9-9-9-24 timings with 1.8V

This is Corsairs reasonably priced 4GB DHX memory kit that's rated at the slowest rated speed of all of the kits in this review. Lets see if this kit can surprise us. At around 265 € in Europe, this kit is the most expensive one of the whole bunch. As one of the Corsairs Nvidia-series memory kits, it features profiles for the Nvidia-chipsets.

Mushkin Ascent DDR3-1800 996626

  • Rated at 1800MHz and 8-8-7-20 timings with 1.85-1.95V

This is one of Mushkins new memory kits from the Ascent series. It features the new eVCI heatsinks that should conduct the heat from the chips 10X better than copper, atleast that's what the brochure says. This kit retails at around 170 € in Europe and I found them selling online in the US for around $250.

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