Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333 2 x 1GB PC-10666 Reviewccokeman -
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The 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 will be the memory timings and voltages when overclocking. The comparison modules will be run at the manufacturer specified timings and voltages at 1333MHz. In order to reach 1333MHz, the processor used in the test setup will have a slight overclock from 266MHz to 333MHz. All of the comparison modules were run with this scenario.
- CPU:Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 333 x 8
- Motherboard: Asus Blitz Extreme
- Memory: Qimonda Aeneon DDR3 1333 2 x 1GB 8-8-8-15
- Video Card(s): Evga 8800GTS 640MB
- Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: Western Digital 250GB 16MB cache SATA
- Opticals:Sony DVD-Rom
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Comparison Module #1:Mushkin HP3 10666 DDR3 2 x 1 GB 6-7-6-18
- Comparison Module #2:P5K3 Premium on-board DDR3 2 x 1GB 7-6-6-18
- Comparison Module #3:OCZ ReaperX HPC 2 x 1GB DDR3 1333 6-5-5-20
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 Q6600 423 x 8 1.475 volts
- Memory: Qimonda Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333 9-9-9- 20 1.90 volts
The XTune modules do not have the best latencies to begin with, but what they lack in timings they almost makes up for in speed. The maximum speed attained by this set was DDR3 1692, just a hair short of 1700MHz. 846 FSB using a 1:2 divider was all the modules would yield at 1.9 volts with timings of 9-9-9-20. Any higher with the volts or tighter on the timings and the modules would start showing errors. 180 FSB worth of overclocking headroom was achievable. By comparison, the OCZ modules were able to garner a 274 FSB increase, the Mushkin modules had an increase of just under 100 FSB, while the P5K3 Premium modules were able to achieve a 133 FSB increase. Headroom for overclocking is a nice bonus on any set of modules. It really is a luck of the draw as to what you will get. If these Aeneon modules are a fair representation of their capabilities than they should have a promising future.
As an enthusiast community, we tend to push our hardware to the maximum 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 used in this review include the following programs.
- CPU-Z Version 1.42
- Windows Task Manager
- PcMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra XII
- Far Cry