CSX Diablo PC3 16000 DDR3 2x1GB ReviewNCC10281982B - July 16, 2008
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Now that motherboard manufacturers are pushing out high performance DDR3 motherboards in mass quantities, the DDR3 standard has started gaining traction with more and more people adopting its use. Sure, you can use the 1333MHz JEDEC standard rated modules, but that just won't do when pushing past 1600MHz. Since Intel's release of the QX9770 and native 400FSB speed (400x8), 1600 MHz is now just the jump off point for high performance memory modules. Along with the 1600MHz speed, memory manufacturers are including XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) programming onto the SPD chip to take advantage of a guaranteed to run profile. Kind of like the SLI profiles that can be used on Nvidia based boards. To push memory up to these higher speed of course means that you have to push the voltage as well. That in turn means more heat the modules need to shed. CSX has this problem covered with the Extreme Metal Cooler that is used on the Diablo modules. The modules actually were cool to the touch with even 2.2 volts running through them, something I was quite pleased to see. Even though they run cool, it's always a good idea to keep a fan on the modules when running at higher than stock voltages.
Performance wise, the Diablo modules performed better than or equal to the comparison modules at the 1333MHz level in all but two tests. At the 2000MHz level, performance was better than the Mushkin modules that we recently looked at. Surprising, but true. At the 1333MHz level, the timings were able to be dropped to 6-5-5-15 for a performance boost down low. At the top end of the scale, the stock timings of 9-9-9-28 were able to be reduced to 8-7-6-20 at the same volts needed to run the 9-9-9 timings. CSX has included XMP profiles onto the Diablo modules so you can just enable the use of the profile in the BIOS of your motherboard and not have to worry about whether or not the settings will work. The only downside to these CSX Diablo set of modules is that I was unable to push any higher than the 2000MHz rating on the modules at any voltage or timing. Compustocx (CSX) has produced a high performance set of memory modules that can run at insane speeds at tight timings while staying cool. Add the lifetime warranty and the attractive pricing and you have a winner.
- Heatspreaders that work
- Timings can be run tighter at 2000MHz
- Good looks
- Low speed tight timings
- XMP for X38 and X48 boards
- Lifetime warranty
- Micron D9GTR modules
- Just could not budge over 2000MHz