Crucial PC3 10600 3x2GB Tri Channel Kit Reviewccokeman - February 10, 2009
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When it comes time to purchase your new memory modules, most people look to review sites to get a good idea on the performance capabilities of the memory they want to buy. Why, you ask? So that they don't have to go through the endless buy it and return or sell it routine to find the set of their dreams. Hey, we do it for you! How? By testing the memory with a series of benchmarks that show some of the capabilities of the system memory. Synthetic benchmarks as well as real gameplay are used to show the capabilities. Also, there are comparisons to other performance modules, just so that this is not a one-sided affair. That just would not do, and offers up only the knowledge of what the featured product can do.
- CPU:Intel Core I7 Extreme 965 133x24
- Motherboard:Asus P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition
- Memory: Crucial PC3 10600 3x2GB 1333MHz 7-7-7-20
- Video Card(s): Nvidia GTX 260-216
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1 TB 7200.11 SATA
- Opticals:Asus DVD-R
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
- Comparison Module #1: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20 3x2GB
- Comparison Module #2: Patriot Viper Series DDR3-10666 3x2 GB 9-9-9-24
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, and processor usage.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 178x21
- Memory: Crucial PC3 10600 10-10-10-28 894 MHz 1.68 volts
As delivered from Crucial, the latencies on this set of modules are 9-9-9 at 1333MHz. This, of course, they will do at 1.5 volts. Surprisingly, they do 7-7-7-20 at 1333MHz at 1.58 volts as well. Running at 7-7-7 was nice at the bottom end but the modules didn't get too much further without big volts until the CAS latency was increased to 8. I bumped the voltage up to 1.65 and started the march to a higher speed and was able to pull off 8-8-8 at 800MHz, this with still less than 1.7 volts. Getting to the 1600MHz (800MHz) level was not something I was expecting from a $115 set of memory. Figuring they had some more in them, I kept pushing up the CAS latency without any more voltage and finally reached 894MHz at 10-10-10-28. Pretty decent for a non performance based set of memory. No fancy heatspreader, LEDs or naming. These just rocked.
The benchmarks used in this review include the following:
- CPU-Z Version 1.49
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra 2009
- Left For Dead