Mushkin 996996 8GB DDR3 2133MHz Reviewccokeman - September 12, 2013
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Mushkin 996996 8GB 2133MHz Conclusion:
Try as I might there is nothing I have to say bad about this set of Redline modules from Mushkin. The modules perform just as well as I expected them to do based on using these as part of the OCC test bed back during the heyday of the P67/Z68 chipsets, where the modules performed well when paired with an Intel Core i7 2600K or even with the Third Generation Core i7 3770K. Overclocking was just as I remembered and fairly robust with a 200MHz boost in speed achieved with just a bit of tuning time. The boost in speed did not come with the serious drop in performance that I have seen with some of the modules I have tested as the speeds increase and the timings get looser.
Even though targeted at the enthusiast and hard core gamer, the Redline 996996 modules do not have to be tweaked and tuned to get the most from them as the XMP profile is pretty aggressive to start with. Something that allows the modules to perform well right out of the gate on top of making it easy for the average user to set up the modules just by enabling the XMP profile in the BIOS.
Mushkin's Frostbyte cooling technology offers enhanced cooling of the modules with a lightweight design that is not only good looking but functional. The red color goes well with any build, especially one that employs any of the red and black themed boards such as the ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero and MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming. By hand testing the modules before they leave the factory, Mushkin ensures nothing but quality parts are sent out to the consumer. Sometimes things go wrong even though we do everything right, in those instances Mushkin is there to stand by its product, offering a lifetime warranty on the modules.
As it stands here the 996996 Redline modules are another solid offering that comes with a low buy in cost for the quality you get at $79 for 8GB of memory! Good looks, great performance, and the support to back it up. Remember that slogan on the back of the package? It proudly states "Get More". I would have to agree.
- Frostbyte heat shields
- Tight timings