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Mushkin Radioactive 996958 PC3 12800 2X2GB Memory Review

RJR    -   December 2, 2010
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Testing:

Testing of the Mushkin Radioactive memory will include all the standard OCC tests. We will run this memory at the rated frequency and timings specified by Mushkin, make sure that the XMP profile works as expected, and finally, push the RAM to see what headroom is available for the overclockers out there without getting carried away with either the voltages or loosening the timings too much.

 

Testing Setup:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 860 (stock 2.80 / OC 2.96)
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte P55UD4P
  • Memory: Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-1600 4GB Kit
  • Video Card: Gigabyte HD 5870
  • Power Supply: Corsair HX750W
  • HDD: WD VelociRaptor 150
  • Optical Drive: Samsung DVD-R
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Pro 64-bit

Comparison Modules:

 

CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.

 

Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file and processor usage.

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel core i7 860 at 185 X 16 = 2.96 GHz
  • Memory: Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-1600 at 2220 MHz 9-10-9-27

 

The Mushkin Radioactive overclocked extremely well. It topped out at 2220 Mhz with 9-10-9-27 timings, with 1.68v being pushed through them. This is a nice jump from the stock 1600 Mhz frequency albeit with looser timings, but still should provide a substaintial boost with the increased bandwidth of the higher frequency. The nice 39% frequency boost is not the norm for memory these days so lets see if it makes any difference in the benchmarks.

 

 

 

 

 

The maximum memory speed for each set of modules when overclocked is a measure of how well the modules ran on these particular settings and test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. This means that your mileage may vary!

The benchmarks used in this review include the following:

Benchmarks:

  • CPU-Z Version 1.55
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Geekbench 2.1
  • Super Pi 1.5
  • SiSoft Sandra 2011
  • Batman Arkham Asylum



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: PCMark Vantage, Si Soft Sandra 2011
  5. Testing: Geekbench 2.1, Super PI 1.5
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  7. Conclusion
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