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Mushkin Ridgeback 996902 PC3 16000 2 x 2GB Memory Review

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Due to the memory limitation of the 890GX motherboard used, testing at 2000MHz is not possible, so I will instead be testing this kit at 1800MHz, which was the highest stable speed achievable at 1.65V. This 200MHz reduction in bandwidth should not prove too limiting a factor and with the tight timings of 8-8-8-24 we should still see a decent improvement over the more standard 1600MHz DDR3 memory. So far, I have been impressed with the build quality and design of the 4GB dual-channel Mushkin Ridgeback kit, but now we get to put them through some stress testing and see how well they hold up against the competition. For testing, I will be using SiSoft Sandra 2009 and PCMark Vantage to test the benchmarking performance of the memory, as well as running Left 4 Dead at multiple resolutions to gauge the gaming performance.


Testing Setup:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
  • Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD USB3
  • Memory: Mushkin Ridgeback 996902 PC3 16000 2x2GB
  • Video Card: XFX Radeon HD5870
  • Power Supply: ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/ 32MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • OS: Windows Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

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.


Overclocked settings:

Unfortunately, with the limitations of high bandwidth memory and the AM3 platform, I will not be able to include any overclocked performance for this review.


The benchmarks used in this review include the following:


  • CPU-Z Version 1.54
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PCMark Vantage
  • SiSoft Sandra 2009
  • Left For Dead

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup, CPU-Z, Task Manager, Overclocking
  4. Testing: PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2009
  5. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  6. Conclusion
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