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I need to get some new RAM, and I've been eyeing two Mushkin kits but I'm not sure which is better and why. I also see this Patriot Viper kit which has better timings

Here's the 2 kits I've been eyeballing"

Mushkin Silverline Enhanced, 9-9-9-24 1.5v

Mushkin Blackline enhanced, 9-9-9-24 1.65v

Patriot Viper II Sector 7, 8-9-8-24 1.65v

Mushkins website wasn't very helpful in discerning the difference between the two. As far as I can tell the Silverline's are lower voltage and possibly "true" 1600MHz sticks. Whereas the Blacklines are 1.65v and it mentions the XMP profile.
The Patriots are also XMP as far as I can tell. Which is the best kit?
Edited by BlackOmega - 10/26/11 at 3:50am
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Gosh, when it comes to RAM, there is really not enough difference to worry about it.

But as always, G.Skill is the best. Look at the top rated 12GB kits on Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NG&PageSize=20

I have two of those kits, and I swear by nothing but G.Skill for almost 4 years.

Sounds like a plug, but there you have it
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post #3 of 12
I say go for the lower voltage. 1.5v can give you more leeway when overclocking as 1.65v is pretty much at the maximum voltage you want to send through to the RAM. Also, I am not sure how valid this is, but some people claim to have lower temps as a result of 1.5v RAM. Example from HardForum:

"It is a no-brainer.. i went from ocz 1600 gold (was cheap) 88824 1.65v to gskill 87824 1.5v and since the memory controller is built into the chip it lowered my cores an avg 4c under load.. it actually allowed me to get another 200mhz out of the chip at the same voltage. Not to mention the ram runs nice and cold."

I also agree with the G-Skill comment. I had to RMA my first set of G-Skill RAM and it went super smooth. My confidence in them is greater than all when it comes to things like that.
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post #4 of 12
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Thanks for the input guys. However, these are the kits that I've boiled it down to.

G.SKILL's are nice, but the Patriots are really nice as well. I have a setof the original viper series and was thoroughly impressed with them.


Anyone with input?
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Between Patriot and Mushkin, I have had no problems.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3 you listed. Both companies have lifetime warranties so that shouldn't be an issue.

If it were up to me, I would choose the 1.5v option you listed first (explained in previous posts) and then go for the one with tighter timings as long as money isn't an issue. After that, I just rank RAM on looks!

Voltage > Core&Timings > Brand Name (in this scenario) > Looks

If you have a good feeling about Patriot, then go with them again. Just know Mushkin is another strong brand you can try
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If there's a chance that you're going to push the ram a little, go with the 1.5v's, otherwise they will more than likely all perform the same. Since the late 90's, except for two builds, I've used Muskin and have never had any issues; no failures, no returns.

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post #7 of 12
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Between Patriot and Mushkin, I have had no problems.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3 you listed. Both companies have lifetime warranties so that shouldn't be an issue.

If it were up to me, I would choose the 1.5v option you listed first (explained in previous posts) and then go for the one with tighter timings as long as money isn't an issue. After that, I just rank RAM on looks!

Voltage > Core&Timings > Brand Name (in this scenario) > Looks

If you have a good feeling about Patriot, then go with them again. Just know Mushkin is another strong brand you can try
I've always heard good things about Mushkin, even from the old 939 days with their DDR500.
Then I had a really good experience with my Patriots, overclocked nicely, and my C2 x 3 720, I could run them @ 1600MHz, 7-7-7-21-28-1T (2600NB). Great memory. Just not too fond of the look of the Sector 7's.

I'm not about flashy, I just want a nice clean looking build, but I also want good performance. Sleeper rig FTW!

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Originally Posted by Altstadt View Post
If there's a chance that you're going to push the ram a little, go with the 1.5v's, otherwise they will more than likely all perform the same. Since the late 90's, except for two builds, I've used Muskin and have never had any issues; no failures, no returns.

~Altstadt
Good stuff.

I was a true blue believer of Kingston RAM. Used it for all my builds until I got a set of Hyper X's thast didn't perform up to advertised specs. Contacted them, and they didn't really want to help me, instead they made excuses why it didn't perform as advertised and denied my RMA. That was the last set of Kingston memory I bought.

Switched to Corsair, had one set fail 30 days after I bought it. They, of course, RMA'd it, but it was almost a month turn around time .

Have you ever had to contact Mushkin's tech support for anything?
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Mushkin is based in Denver, Colorado. their customer service has been exceptional for me.
To answer your question, get the 1.5v

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Thanks for all the input guys.

Went back to newegg to get the Silverlines, sold out! &*(@#^%()%&^)&*#%^)&

Oh, well, ordered the Patriots instead.
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Still a good buy. Win-Win-Win situations are always nice to be in
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