Walton Chaintech Apogee GT 3x2GB DDR3 1866 ReviewThe Smith -
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DDR3 memory is quickly becoming the new standard in the personal computer industry. A few months ago, Intel had lauched its Bloomfield i7 processors that made use of tri-channel DDR3 for increased bandwidth. A few days ago, AMD followed with its Phenom IIs DDR3 enabled, to be used with the new AM3 motherboards. More and more options are available on the memory side and the prices are not what they were at the launch of the 790i and X38 chipsets from Nvidia and Intel, respectively. Today, we'll take a look at a 2x3GB kit, DDR3 obviously, made by Walton Chaintech Corporation. The modules are called Apogee GT. For those wondering, Apogee is the position of the moon at its farthest point from the Earth, as opposed to the Perigee. The Moon-Earth distance is not constant because of the elliptical orbit of the moon; it rotates around a point on the Earth that is much closer to the surface than to the center of it. This variation in distance has many effects on Earth. For example, it is a factor in weather and tides. Okay, enough astrophysics for today, let's see what this memory kit looks like, and if it has an effect on performance.
The sticks come in a standard clear package. A vividly colored paper emphasizes the name of the modules, even though it is written on each of them. The type and capacity of the memory are found in the top right corner. Upon scanning the package, this is the only technical information one can find. In a smaller font under the name Apogee, the meaning of it is explained, as I said in the introduction. It is also mentioned that "the spirit of brand is endlessly seeking perfection, providing users memory modules of the best quality and performance." At the back, a caution about overclocking warns the user. It states that overclocking beyond specifications is not recommended and that the PC should be able to tolerate the over-spec settings. At 1866MHz, these modules are almost the fastest ones available, 266MHz short of the 2133MHz attained by some other modules on the market. Of course, at OverclockersClub, we'll certainly go beyond these specs and see what these modules have to offer. Finally, another paragraph states the conditions of the lifetime warranty.
The memory modules were securely held in the plastic package. Upon taking them out, one can feel the toughness of the heatsinks installed on the modules. The spikes at the top of over 1cm long will help keep the modules at safe temperatures. On the third picture, one can see that the modules are tightly sandwiched between the two heatsink plates. It won't move from there by accident, that is for certain. The name of the modules is only written on one side, on the stylish pink stripe. The only thing found on the other side is the sticker. Another bit of information is found on it, the timings. At 1800MHz speeds, this memory is rated with latencies of 8-8-8-24. Strangely enough, there is still no hint about the voltage needed for them to be run at such speeds.
So let's take a look at the specifications to see if we can find the voltage required for 1800MHz speeds.