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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Crucial Ballistix PC3-16000 CL9 EPP


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

Crucial separates themselves from the mass, by packaging their memory kit into a small brown cardboard box with just a Crucial sticker that also seals the box. This must mean the important stuff is actually inside the package... ;) When the box is opened you find a small manual and two memory modules separately packaged into antistatic-bags. Plain? It might be, but it works.


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

When you open the antistatic-bags you can find two vibrantly colored modules that clearly state the modules are Ballistix-modules. As we can see, Crucial has taken a different road even with the cooler. Instead of the larger, heavier heatsinks, Crucial has equipped these modules with standard sized heatsinks.

Both heatsinks actually have a nice orange/silver theme. The PCBs themselves are black in color.

  • Capacity: 2 GB (1 GB x 2)
  • Speed: DDR3-2000 (PC3 16000)
  • Timings: 9-9-9-28
  • Voltage: 1.9 V
  • EPP-Profiles

Patriot PVS32G1800LLK


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

Just like the CSX memory kit, the Patriot kit comes in a clear plastic package the shows the modules on one side, and a decal on the other. The front has a nice picture that depicts a Zalman CPU-cooler and the memory itself. The front also clearly states which memory kit it is, and the specs are clearly visible.

After the package is opened the front decal opens up revealing the basic instructions etc.


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

Staying true to the current trend, the Patriot memory kit uses large heatsinks that cover both sides of the modules. They should keep the chips cool enough, even with higher voltages. This time the coolers are actually a combination of copper and aluminum. You can actually see the copper on the inside of the coolers. The PCBs of these modules are the basic green that seen earlier.

One side of the module has a large Patriot logo on the heatsink while the other side has the specification sticker and a smaller DDR3 logo. All in all this memory kit does look good and I wouldn.t hesitate for one second to show it off through a case window etc.

  • Extreme Performance PC3-14400 (1800MHz)
  • Low Latency (8-8-8-20)
  • Equipped Patriot Viper Heat Shields with integrated ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • RoHS Compliant
  • XMP Ready
  • Tested and compatible with Intel P35 and X38 chipsets
  • Optimized for Intel* Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Extreme

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