Crucial PC3 10600 3x2GB Tri Channel Kit Reviewccokeman - February 10, 2009
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With the release of the Intel Core i7 Procesors and the associated X58 chipset motherboards, there is a new specification for the DDR3 memory that is used in this platform. This has more to do with the maximum voltage that can be used on the memory/memory controller to prevent damage to the processor. The specification lists the maximum voltage as 1.65 volts. This is a far cry from the 2.0 to 2.2 volts used on some of the previous high performance DDR3 memory kits used to deliver the timings and clock speeds enthusiasts wanted. So it seems we are in a new era of memory voltages coupled with the migration to tri channel memory kits that take advantage of the Core i7's onboard memory controller offering up increased performance and extreme memory bandwidth numbers.
Having already looked at a few memory offerings and having seen how the increase from 3GB to 6GB of memory offers an increase in performance, I will be taking a look at a Tri channel kit from Crucial that, based on looks alone, does not belong in the performance arena. This kit part number CT3KIT25664BA1339 is rated for use at 1333MHz with latencies of 9-9-9-28 at a low 1.5 volts. Let's see just what this kit has to offer in the way of performance for the modest price it is offered for.
This 6GB set of memory is sent in its standard retail packaging that includes the modules in three sealed blister packs with the labeled wrap used to hold the three packages together. The front of the wrap list the Crucial brand name and identifies this as a Tri-Channel kit. The rear talks about the benefits of using identical modules in a kit.
The part umber for these modules is Crucial part number CT3KIT25664BA1339. This part number is for a Tri-Channel kit of memory rated at CAS latency of 9 at 1333MHz using 1.5 volts. Three modules are included and each features Micron D9JNM chips modules that are known clockers when the voltage is applied. For this set though, voltage is specified much lower than the 1.9 to 2.1 it takes on the Core 2 setups.
Let's see how these modules from Crucial stack up against some of the made-for-enthusiasts products on the market.