Crucial PC3 10600 3x2GB Tri Channel Kit Reviewccokeman -
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I remember running out to try and find a set of value RAM years back that had a certain set of Hynix chips in them just because of the performance and overclocking potential that they delivered. I found them and was overjoyed with the performance of what was supposedly "Value Ram." After seeing what this set of modules could do without the fancy heatspreaders, name or LEDs to bring attention to the modules, I kind of got that same feeling when looking at these modules that I had that few years back. They don't need the flash to do what they are supposed to do. The modules perform well at both the stock 9-9-9 latencies as well as delivering increased performance when run at 7-7-7. Performance-wise they fell in the middle of the three sets of modules I tested, the other two sets being enthusiast or high performance kits. In the game testing the Crucial modules pulled out wins in two out of the four resolutions tested. Normally you dont see non-performance kits overclock well at all. With the "Value Ram" look I was not expecting much at all. Well, with this set that expectation took an abrupt turn right out the window with a huge increase in clock speed from 667MHz to 894MHz, a 227MHz increase to be exact. That is an over 30% increase in clock speed from this set of modules.
That kind of increase opens performance potential doors for a rock bottom price that just can't be beat at this point. This set of modules offers great performance at the stock latencies and offers a tremendous upside with the ability to run tighter than stock latencies all the way up past 1600MHz for a nice performance increase, all at a price that won't break the budget. Six gigabytes of memory that runs with the performance big dogs for $115 at Crucial's online store. How can you go wrong? I can't see how.
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