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Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, and Patriot X79 Quad-Channel Memory Review

ccokeman    -   January 16, 2012
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Specifications:

Corsair:

Part Number
CML16GX3M4X1600C8
CMZ16GX3M4X1866C9R
CMGTX8
Size
16 GB Kit (4 x 4 GB)
16 GB Kit (4 x 4 GB)
8 GB Kit (4 x 2 GB)
Performance Profile
XMP
XMP
XMP
Fan Included
No
No
No
Heat Spreader
Vengeance LP
Vengeance
DHX+
Memory Configuration
Quad-Channel
Quad-Channel
Quad-Channel
Memory Type
DDR3
DDR3
DDR3
Package - Memory Pins
240
240
240
Package - Memory Format
DIMM
DIMM
DIMM
Tested Voltage
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.65 V
SPD Voltage
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Speed Rating
PC3-12800 (1600 MHz)
PC3-15000 (1866 MHz)
PC3-19200 (2400 MHz)
SPD Speed
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
Tested Speed
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
2400 MHz
Tested Latency
8-8-8-24
9-10-9-27
10-12-10-27
Warranty Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime

 

G.Skill:

System
Desktop
System Type
DDR3
M/B Chipset
X79
CAS Latency
9-11-9-28-2N
Capacity
16 GB (4 x 4 GB)
Speed
PC3-17000 (2133 MHz)
Test Voltage
1.65 V
Height
40 mm / 1.58 inches
Registered/Unbuffered
Unbuffered
Error Checking
Non-ECC
Type
240-pin DIMM
Warranty
Lifetime
Features
Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready

 

Mushkin:

Type:
DDR3
Voltage:
1.65 V
Speed Spec:
PC3-17000
Frequency:
2133 MHz
Module Size:
16 GB (4 x 4 GB)
Timings
tCL:        9
tRCD:     11
tRP:        10
tRAS:     28
Heatsink:
RIDGEBACK-Red

 

Patriot:

Product Name
Extreme Performance
Patriot Part #
PXQ316G1600LLQK
Description
Viper Xtreme Series, Division 4 Edition
DDR 3 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) 1600 MHz Low
Latency Quad Kit
Certification/Safety
RoHS
Product Warranty
Lifetime Warranty
Unit UPC
0815530012573
Packaging Type
Blister Pack
Net Weight
.24 lbs / 218 gm
Gross Weight
.30 lbs / 270 gm
Units per Inner Carton
12
Units per Master Carton
72
Unit Dimensions
.30" (D) x 5.2" (W) x 1.63" (H)
.76 cm (D) x 13.3 cm (W) x 4.1 cm (H)
Packaging Dimensions
0.63" (D) x 4.72" (W) x 7.09" (H)
4.43 cm (D) x 15.6 cm (W) x 18.7 cm (H)

 

Features:

Corsair:

  • Superior Overclocking through Careful Screening: Overclocking your components can be a fun and rewarding way of pushing your gaming PC to its performance limits. Vengeance can help make this happen. Before each module is assembled, the DRAM chips are individually screened not only to ensure reliable meeting performance specifications, but to allow generous headroom for stable overclocking.
  • Optimized for Compatibility with the Latest CPUs and Motherboards: Vengeance memory is designed specifically for the latest CPUs. Vengeance modules are available in 1.5V and 1.35V configurations for maximum compatibility with all Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, as well as the 2nd generation Intel Core processor family. With dual channel, triple channel, and quad channel kits, there's a Vengeance configuration that's perfect for your motherboard.
  • XMP Memory Profile for simple, safe overclocking:   Vengeance memory supports the Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) standard, and each module is individually factory-programmed with an XMP profile indicating supported timing, frequency and voltages. Just enable XMP on your compatible motherboard and you'll automatically get optimized memory overclocking without having to deal with multiple BIOS settings. Of course, if you're an experienced overclocker — or an aspiring one — you can adjust the settings to push for even higher performance.
  • World-famous reliability and performance: There's a reason why world-champion overclockers, extreme gaming enthusiasts and high-end system builders all trust Corsair for high-performance memory that they can install with confidence and pride. Whether you're breaking your own records or you're simply building a dream gaming rig, you can count on Corsair memory.
  • Lifetime limited warranty: Your performance investment is protected. All of our memory products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
  • The Corsair Advantage: With a long history of building enthusiast-grade memory and components, we've earned a reputation for quality, compatibility, and performance. Need help? We're available by phone call, email or web forum.

 

  • Dominator GT — The Ultimate Memory from Corsair: Very few components make it into the Dominator family. Corsair performs rigorous testing and screening on all components to select only the best for Dominator memory modules. The tests check for high frequency and/or low latency capabilities for each IC. Then, they are thoroughly tested for maximum interoperability and reliability as a united group to meet the stringent design criteria demanded by performance computing and gaming users.
  • Superior Heat Dissipation: Heat is the enemy of your computer’s key components. And the more you tweak components for performance, the more heat is generated. Heat will slow down your system and impact long term reliability. With traditional memory, the standard method of chip packaging involves a BGA (Ball Grid Array). In a BGA, small balls of solder, organized as a grid, are the leads that connect the device to the module circuit board. A Micron Semiconductor study shows that in a BGA memory device as much as 50% of the heat generated by the chip is actually conducted into the circuit board. Since traditional heat sinks are only attached to the front surface of memory chips, there’s no easy thermal path for the heat coming from the back of the chips.
  • Corsair’s Unique Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) Solves the Problem: Corsair's engineers have developed a unique technology that maximizes heat dissipation while improving reliability, even in the most extremely overclocked memory module. Dual-Path Heat Exchange (DHX) technology utilizes two methods to effectively remove heat from the memory circuit board — Convection and Conduction.
  • Optional AirFlow — Extra Cooling for Extreme Overclocking: The optional Airflow 2 fan unit contains two 60mm tachometer-controlled fans to provide impinging airflow to the memory subsystem. With the moderate RPMs required to provide adequate forced air, the Airflow fan is nearly silent. The fan easily clamps onto most motherboards.
  • Dominator — Setting the New Standard: Dominator is the industry’s performance and award leader. It has won numerous honors to date including various Editor’s Choice awards and several “Memory of the Year” honors.
     

 

Mushkin:

  • Enhanced Frequency: This product has been programmed to operate at the ideal frequency for your system when properly installed.
  • Enhanced Timings: This product has been programmed for timings that offer improved performance when properly installed.
  • Hand-Tested: This product has been tested by hand for quality assurance.
  • Ridgeback Heatsink: This product is equipped with the Ridgeback™ heatsink.

Patriot:

  • Extreme Performance PC3-12800 (1600 MHz)
  • Low Latency (8-9-8-24)
  • Voltage: 1.65 V
  • XMP 1.3 Ready
  • Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield to provide improved cooling
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Only compatible with Intel® X79 chipsets

 

 

 

All information cortesy of Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin and Patriot.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Corsair Vengeance 16GB C9 1866MHz
  3. Closer Look: Corsair GTX8 PC3 19200 10-12-10-27
  4. Closer Look: G.Skill Ripjaws Z
  5. Closer Look: Mushkin Redline
  6. Closer Look: Patriot Division 4
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7, Geekbench, Super Pi 1.5
  10. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011, AIDA 64
  11. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. Conclusion
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