Mushkin XP3-15000 8-9-8-20 3x2GB Reviewccokeman -
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With the performance delivered by the Mushkin XP3-15000 modules, I would have to say that yes, you do "Get More." This set of modules came out on top in all but two tests; those being the suite score on PCMark Vantage, and the 1024x768 test in Left 4 Dead. The tests where Mushkin did come out on top, their sticks were clearly superior. In the Sandra testing, the modules easily outperformed the Chaintech modules in all four tests. The stock timings on these modules are set at 8-9-8-24, and need 1.65 volts to get there. With just an increase in vDIMM to 1.70v, these modules were capable of running tighter timings of 7-8-7-24 1T with no other changes needed. The maximum overclock on the modules was 2021MHz at 8-9-8-24, while at 7-8-7-24 I was able to pull out 1949MHz. Both of these results needed voltage increases much higher than the level required to run at 1866MHz, with QPI voltage up to 1.66v and memory voltage to 1.84v to get there. While some might consider this the death zone, so far I have not killed any of my hardware or had it degrade from voltages that are not "every day" voltages. Even running at 1.84 volts, the Frostbyte heatspreaders were literally cool to the touch and did the job they were designed to do quite effectively. While nowhere near scientific, the fingers don't lie about temperatures yet. Right now, these modules can be had for a shade under $200 at Mushkin's online store. Not bad when you consider the performance they deliver. Mushkin has been a player in the performance memory market for years now, and have consistently delivered modules that look as good as they perform. This set is no different! Good looks, great price, excellent performance and it all really boils down to the motto on the packaging of every set of Mushkin modules. Get More! I did!
- Tighter than stock timings possible
- Cool running
- Excellent performance
- 2000MHz capable
- High volts for max clocks