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[UHI] Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge

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The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors have more options for overclocking RAM. To find out which brand of memory modules will give you the best performance in return, Hardware.Info compared ten different sets.

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No real world gaming or application tests makes this comparison practically useless to anyone besides someone just wanting to overclock RAM.

Also, why were the Samsung modules not included?
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Who the hell is Avexir Core
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Loved this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
From the lesser known brand Avexir we received a Core 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit. You can find it for the low price of £45. These modules need 1.65 volts even for the standard DDR3-1600 speed, which doesn't really correspond to the DDR3 standard in which 1.5 volts is enough. This cheap Elpida chips-based kit appears to have almost no overclocking potential, even with a higher voltage and lower timings we didn't get further than DDR3-1680. There are better options than this.
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Loved this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
From the lesser known brand Avexir we received a Core 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit. You can find it for the low price of £45. These modules need 1.65 volts even for the standard DDR3-1600 speed, which doesn't really correspond to the DDR3 standard in which 1.5 volts is enough. This cheap Elpida chips-based kit appears to have almost no overclocking potential, even with a higher voltage and lower timings we didn't get further than DDR3-1680. There are better options than this.

Reputable companies ftw biggrin.gif.
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Don't they do a special range for the MSI Mpower at the moment? Which are also black and yellow with a small led light.

BTW on overclockersclub they clocked the highest clock with the Viper 3 that was much higher.
Edited by Hukkel - 10/11/12 at 12:23am
 
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We asked various RAM manufacturers to send one or more fast dual-channel 8 GB memory kits that are optimised for Ivy Bridge processors. We received and tested 10 different kits.

They compared what they received. So that's why they compared these specific RAM kits and not others like the "magic" Samsung sticks which are actually considered generic RAM, hence no heatsink covers.

Note: A few kits are Samsung based chips; A-Data, Corsair, and Patriot, whereas the others are Hynix based, and the weaker Elpida based.
Edited by SandShark - 10/11/12 at 1:31am
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Originally Posted by Tsumi View Post

No real world gaming or application tests makes this comparison practically useless to anyone besides someone just wanting to overclock RAM.

Gaming is one of those places where RAM matters the least unless you're on IGP with shared system memory...

I was thinking of picking some Ares' for my Trinity system, but I think I'll detract from that. I'll pick the Vengeances Red instead, they're cheaper and their headroom/overall performance is leaps better. And even more so considering Trinity uses system memory for graphics.
   
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Gaming is one of those places where RAM matters the least unless you're on IGP with shared system memory...
I was thinking of picking some Ares' for my Trinity system, but I think I'll detract from that. I'll pick the Vengeances Red instead, they're cheaper and their headroom/overall performance is leaps better. And even more so considering Trinity uses system memory for graphics.

Total War Shogun 2 has great benefits from faster ram (10fps from 1600-2133), so I'd invest in faster ram if you play it.
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Total War Shogun 2 has great benefits from faster ram (10fps from 1600-2133), so I'd invest in faster ram if you play it.

One of the exceptions that confirm the rule tongue.gif

Strategy games usually benefit from RAM because of all the ridiculous amount of calculations concerning the IA they do.

On racing/FPS/RPG games, unless you're running DDR3-800 at CL12 and jump to 2133 CL9, you don't really see a noticeable improvement with faster RAM. That being said, I love having decent sticks smile.gif
   
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