Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 2 x 1GB Reviewgotdamojo06 - May 26, 2008
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The best way to verify that one set of memory modules is better than another is to run a series of benchmarks to put down some basic comparison data. When all things are equal and the only variable is the module being tested, the results are a great way to compare performance, good or bad. In order to eliminate the variables, the only settings that will be manipulated are the memory timings and voltages when overclocking. The comparison modules will be run at the manufacturer specified timings and voltages at 1333MHz.. The Xtune will be tested at 1333MHz ,1600MHz and the highest possible overclcock. All of the comparison modules were run with this scenario.
- CPU:Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333 x 8
- Motherboard: Asus Maximus Extreme
- Memory: Qimonda Aeneon DDR3 1600 2 x 1GB
- Video Card(s): VisionTek HD3850
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB 16MB cache SATA
- Opticals: LiteOn DVD-RW
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Comparison: Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333 2 x 1GB @ 8-8-8-24 1.5V
- Comparison: G.Skill DDR3 1333 2 x 1GB @ 8-8-8-21 1.65V
CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file usage and processor usage (%).
- Processor: Intel Q9450 @ 423x6 with 1.325 volts
- Memory: Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 @ 1692 with 10-10-10-29 and 1.98 volts
When taking a look at what you have to start with, the Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 modules are rated to have 9-9-9-27 for their timings when running 1.5 volts through them at 1600MHz. These are not the best timings out on the market, though with the 1600MHz clock speed and low voltage required to run at this speed, you can't knock them. However, the raw speed of the sticks should make up where the timings let off. I was not able to get the sticks to overclock much higher than the rated 1600MHz, but when you think about it, 1.6GHz RAM clock speeds are a lot higher than some of the other sticks that are out on the market.
As an enthusiast community, we tend to push our hardware to the max all the time. At OverclockersClub, we do not condone running your hardware outside of the parameters set by the manufacturer and will not be responsible for any damage to your hardware while trying to duplicate the results of our testing. With that out of the way, let the testing begin.
The benchmarks that will be used in this review include the following programs.
- CPU-Z Version 1.45
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra XII
- Company of Heros