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Mushkin HP3 10666 DDR3 Memory Review

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After seeing the performance of the modules at both DDR 800 speeds, as well as the rated DDR3 1333 speeds, I was anxious to see just how far of an overclock I could achieve with these modules. The maximum voltage these modules are rated for is 1.7v. During our testing, we chose to increase the voltage beyond that point to show what the modules can do with a little more juice. The maximum voltage used in our testing is 1.9v. The highest speed that I could achieve on the memory was 765 FSB. To do so, the voltage was lowered to 1.8 volts, as any higher did not allow any increase in memory speed or reduction of the timings. The timings that the HP3-10666 would run at with the maximum overclock are 8-8-7-15. With that being said, I will re-run our benchmark suite at that speed and use the DDR2 Mushkin modules as a comparison running at DDR2-1200 (600 FSB) speeds with the latencies set to 5-5-5-15.  It will be interesting to see how the comparison of these modules will go.

As an enthusiast community, we tend to push our hardware to the maximum all the time. At OverclockersClub.com, we do not condone running your hardware outside of the parameters set by the manufacturer and will not be responsible for any damage to your hardware while trying to duplicate the results of our testing. With that out of the way, let the testing begin.


CPU-Z:  765 MHz at 8-8-7-15 latencies.


PcMark05: Here are the results of our comparison.


Higher is Better


Man, did the DDR3 modules show some muscle in the PcMark05 tests. The memory score is huge, so much so that it actually surpassed the overall score.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing: Setup, CPU-Z, Task Manager
  4. Testing: PCMark05 Pro, SI Sandra XII
  5. Testing: Cachemem , Farcry
  6. Overclocking
  7. Overclocking: Sandra XII
  8. Overclocking: CacheMem, Far Cry
  9. Conclusion
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