Mushkin Ridgeback 996902 PC3 16000 2 x 2GB Memory Reviewjlqrb - May 13, 2010
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Mushkin has been releasing high quality components into the market for years and has become a very recognizable name with PC enthusiasts. This is due to Mushkin's constant effort to release memory that is not only fast, but also has extremely tight timings, is highly overclockable, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. All these efforts have definitely paid off and Mushkin released one great set after another, time and again. The kit we are going to be looking at today is the 2000MHz DDR3 model from its new Ridgeback line. This new series from Mushkin has proven to be a great addition to the high-end DDR3 market, but what is really impressive about this particular kit is that, even at 2000MHz, it is able to run with timings of 7-10-8-27. These are extremely tight and should propel this kit's performance above the majority of the competition. You really can't judge a product's performance from the listed specifications though, so let's get these into the test system and see what they can really do!
The Mushkin Ridgeback kit comes packaged in a retail blister package with the company logo at the the top, followed by the Ridgeback name and a full display of the memory below. With the memory being displayed through the packaging, you can get a good look at exactly what the kit looks like before purchasing. Turning the packaging over to the back panel, you will find a description of Mushkin being the "memory of the future" and a detailed visual guide on how to properly install the new Ridgeback kit into the memory DIMMs on your motherboard. I really like the way Mushkin packages its memory - it is eye catching and informative, but not over the top or too flashy.
The Ridgeback kit we are going to be looking at today comes is a 2000MHz 4GB dual-channel set with timings of 7-10-8-27 and a voltage requirement of 1.65V. These timings are tight for a 2000MHz model, which can lead to improved performance when compared to the competition. Also, since the memory voltage is set at 1.65V, it does not exceed the maximum voltage level of Intel's LGA 1156 socket. With this kit being part of the new Ridgeback series, it utilizes Mushkin's new cooling solution that has two thick heat spreaders placed on each side of the modules and a ridged, finned array at the top. This new design has proven to be very effective at dispensing heat and keeping the memory cool, which will increases the lifespan of the memory and can also improve the overclocking capabilities. As with all memory from Mushkin, this kit is hand-tested before shipping and backed by a lifetime warranty.
With impressive specifcations and utilization of the new Ridgeback design, I can't wait to get these into the test system and see how well they perform.