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DDR3 Memory Roundup

Six different modules from six different manufacturers
G.SKILL   CSX
Crucial   Patriot
Corsair   Mushkin  
Author: Toni Siik
Published: 03.10.2008
Product Group: Memory
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Results are in...

As a whole the all of the kits did what the promised and often even a bit more. It really is great to see how far the DDR3 kits have come along from the first 1333 MHz kits. These kits run at lower timings than those at far higher frequencies. So after countless hours of benchmarking, what have we learned? Well first of all, we saw that some of the benchmarks that we used were more or less either CPU- or GPU-limited, with the memories only having a little effect on the performance. On other benchmarks the timings and memory speeds played an important role in the performance. Good memory with great timings and frequencies really is like icing on a cake. They won't transfer your old and already slow computer into something lightyears faster (if your running enough memory), but they help you squeeze out the last bit of performance.

Enough of the chit chat, lets get back to business...

G.Skill F3-14400CL8D-2GBPI

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

PROS 
  • Great performance at 1600 MHz
  • Good looks
  • Decent price


  • CONS 
  • Couldn't keep up with the other kits in terms of frequency
  • CSX Diablo3-2000-2GB-Kit

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

    PROS 
  • Best rated settings at all speeds in the roundup
  • Price
  • Looks


  • CONS 
  • High voltages
  • Crucial Ballistix PC3-16000 CL9 EPP

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

    PROS 
  • 2000 MHz at low voltages
  • Nice possible settings at 1600 MHz
  • Low heatsinks


  • CONS 
  • High price
  • Loose settings for 2000 MHz
  • Patriot PVS32G1800LLK

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

    PROS 
  • Great overclocking potential
  • Great performance
  • Great value
  • Good looks


  • CONS 
  • -
  • Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV

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

    PROS 
  • 4 GB
  • Good performance
  • Looks
  • Good overclocking potential for a 4 GB kit


  • CONS 
  • High price
  • Mushkin Ascent DDR3-1800 996626

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

    PROS 
  • Good performance at 1600 MHz
  • Good rated settings for 1800 MHz
  • Decent price
  • Efficient cooling


  • CONS 
  • Thick heatsinks

  • Conclusion

    It was hard to find a winner in this round up as the results were so close. In the end I however leaned towards the Patriot kit, that despite its 1800 MHz rated speed ran beautifully at 2000 MHz with some great timings. The Patriot kit also was the cheapest of the lot so the value was excellent. Coming in second was the CSX kit that had the tightest rated timings and a nice low price. The Corsair and G.Skill really were neck to neck with both having their own pros. Even the Crucial kit that received the Bronze award, is a great kit. The only reason for the lower award is the high price. The kit itself ran beautifully and it was actually one of the easiest kits to work with. The Mushkin kit had its own problems during our testing, but they are most probably related to just our setup. The should have quite a bit more of potential than what I got to uncover in my short amount of time.

    In the end I can say that you can't go wrong with any of these kits.






    Additional Information

    G.SKILL   CSX
    Crucial   Patriot
    Corsair   Mushkin

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    • 04.10.2008 00:32 J.A.A.

    • Kirjoitusvirheitä ja muitakin tekstivirheitä oli aika paljon, ainakin verrattuna muihin artikkeleihin.

      Teksti oli kyllä muuten sujuvaa ja jutun jaksoi lukea loppuun asti. 8)

      EDIT: Tarkennetaan vielä sen verran, että pääasiassa oli yhdyssana- ja pilkkuvirheitä.
    • 04.10.2008 10:27 japala

    • Valitettavasti oikolukijat eivät ole vieläkään kerenneet käymään artikkelia läpi mutta aikataulu painoi päälle. Pahoittelemme asiaa ja koetamme ottaa opiksi. Kiitoksia palautteesta.

      Edit: Nyt pitäisi asian olla paremmalla tolalla. Edelleen, kiitoksia palautteesta ja toivottavasti tulevaisuudessa saamme sitä paljon lisää.
    • 04.10.2008 10:33 HaoKi

    • Suomeks kirjottaminen viiden vuoden jälkeen ulkomailla vähän hapuilee. ;) Eiköhän tuo tuosta...;) Kiitoksia palautteesta.... :)
    • 04.10.2008 11:50 Jipa

    • Älytön hintahaitari kyllä.. Hyvä nähdä ettei kallein välttämättä aina ole mitenkään superia.


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