Walton Chaintech Apogee GT 3x2GB DDR3 1866 ReviewThe Smith - February 26, 2009
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The Apogee GT 3x2GB DDR3 1866MHz kit is awesome. Its stock settings are 1866MHz at 8-8-8-24 timings. These are tight timings for such a speed. The design of the sticks is awesome. The fins at the top of each stick as well as the flashy pink stripes create a nice look. Furthermore, these fins definitely help keep the modules cool. During testing, even at overclocked frequencies and at 1.80V, the kit's temperatures were well below the safe limit. Speaking of overclocking, I achieved 1980MHz on the memory, at main timings of 9-8-8-24. I was hoping for the 2000MHz step. I came so close!
However, even at stock settings, the voltages required to run these sticks are somewhat high. They need 1.8V on the memory, and 1.45V was also required on the uncore of the i7 920. For the overclocked settings I achieved, I needed to run 1.58V through the uncore, that is +0.38V greater than the maximum recommended settings by Intel, and 1.80V on the memory, this is also well above Intel's "safe" specification of 1.65v maximum. Personally, I would not run such voltages on the uncore 24/7, but that voltage might differ a lot from one rig to another. However, these sticks might as well be run at lower frequencies and voltages for daily usage. Undoubtedly, the kit is an excellent performer when the time comes to bench and impress your friends. The kit won almost all scientific benchmarks except on the gaming part, where it could not keep pace with its opponents.
Overall, the Apogee GT 3x2GB DDR3 1866MHz is a great set of memory. I recommend it to everyone in need of a fast set of 6GB of DDR3, but more particularly, I recommend it to overclockers who like to push their hardware to the limit.
- Great looks
- Effective cooling
- Requires generous voltages