Mushkin Blackline 996782 PC3 12800 2x2GB Reviewccokeman - February 2, 2010
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Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. You hear it all the time on television from the guys hawking the next big thing in the stock market with the get-in-low mentality. Well if past performance does happen to be any indicator, then Mushkin's Blackline modules will provide a certain level of performance along with a more than modest amount of overclocking headroom. With Intel's release of the Socket 1156 processors, there was the need to deliver modules that worked within the same boundaries as those processors since they are built upon the same Nehalem micro-architecture. That meant that the voltage used to push the modules should not exceed the 1.65 volt specification set by Intel. Pretty much every manufacturer has been on board and delivered modules that meet and exceed this specfication with speeds that really are reaching new overclocking limits. This set of Blackline modules are part of the Extreme performance lineup and, as such, come with enhanced latencies of 7-9-7-24 at 1600MHz, using just 1.65 volts. The modules come equipped with Mushkin's sleek looking Frostbyte heatspreaders that not only give the modules a unique look, but are functional to boot. With each set of Mushkin modules that I have tested, the "Get More " tag line has been on the packaging. It's there for a reason! Let's see if this set of modules indeed live up to the expectation set by Mushkin's past performance.
Those of you who have followed Mushkin's products are familiar with the green, white and black theme. Well it looks a little different now with an update to the look. Still the same retail blister packaging, but that's to be expected; it works. The front of the package shows the Blackline 996782 modules with the phrase "Get More" still proudly displayed on the top right. Flip the package over and the "Memory of the Future" slogan is along the top and under that a brief explanation of the Mushkin Enhanced business philosophy. Under that you get a tutorial on how to properly install the Mushkin Enhanced modules into the motherboard DIMM slots. Just pictures, no words - the perfect solution for the men that don't read the instructions (let's face it; most of are in this category)!
These Mushkin Blackline modules carry part number 996782. This 4GB dual channel set of modules is designed to run on the Intel P55 platform with a voltage specification of 1.65 volts and enhanced latencies of 7-9-7-24 at 1600MHz. These modules are equipped with Mushkin's own Frostbyte heatspreaders to disperse the heat generated by the modules under load. Not as effective as the Ascent heatspreader, but when you put heatpipe cooling on memory modules, everything else seems to be just average! The Frostbyte design does work though, as I have seen in past testing.
In the past, Mushkin's performance modules have proven to deliver great performance and excellent overclocking headroom for the enthusiast. Let's see if this new set of modules lives up to the company ad line of "Get More"!