Futurelooks DDR3 Memory Round Up from 1600 - 2666Mhz Featuring ADATA, Corsair, Kingston, Mushkin, and Patriot Eric Garay December 30, 2012 Reviews 5 Comments 5 Flares 5 Flares × Prev1 of 4NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse It's really amazing how many computer users out there create large audio and video projects and play the latest games too. But if you've ever been on a system with a small or limited amount of memory, all that creativity can come to a stuttering, grinding halt resulting in a frustrating experience. Thankfully, RAM is cheaper than ever so there really isn't an excuse for not upgrading. And, If you're using one of the many excellent Intel Z68/Z77 and AMD 8/9 series motherboards, chances are your board supports up to at least 32GB of DDR3 memory. We've assembled a great group of memory kits all worthy of your consideration. Some are intended to support gamers, others pander to content creators, while some call out to niche system modders and overclockers. We're having a look at the Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600, Kingston HyperX Predator 1866, Patriot Memory Viper III Venom 2133, ADATA Game Series V2.0 2400 and Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666 memory today to see how they measure up. Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz Mushkin offers three DDR3 series kits inckuding the Redline, Blackline, and Silverline. The Silverline is their mainstream low profile kit, followed by the Blackline which caters a bit more to performance enthusiasts. Finally, the Redline is their elite in terms of performance. The Redline can be found with three different heat sink styles; FrostByte, Ridgeback, and Ridgeback Redline. There is an older less commonly seen Radioactive heat sink still out there as well. The Redline starts at 1333MHz and tops out at 2400MHz for dual, triple, and quad channel systems. Our 1600MHz Redline kit is sports the Frostbyte heat sinks which are actually a deeper, much better looking red than what the product page describes. While it seems like an entry level 1600MHz kit, it actually has 7-8-7-24 memory timings meaning it has the best timings any stock memory kit offers. It also means that the kit is capable of overclocking assuming your CPU is up to the task. This particular dual channel, high performance, low latency 1600MHz Redline 8GB kit can be purchased for $69.99. It's the premium ICs underneath the spreaders that command the pricing. There aren't many CAS7 memory kits like these 2 x 4GB either, but they still manage to be aggressively priced versus the competition. Kingston HyperX Predator 1866MHz The Predator memory is the latest design from Kingston, and replaces the older T1 HyperX as the top end spreader design. The Predator supports dual channel Z77 and quad channel X79 motherboards with full support for XMP profiles. Of course, three will also work on triple channel X58 boards too. The Predator series currently starts at 8GB and moves up to 32GB capacities. Quad channel X79 motherboards support native 1600MHz DDR3 but can overclock depending on the motherboard. This makes our 1866MHz 9-11-9-30 the ideal quad channel kit for overclocking. Dual channel Predator kits max out at 2666MHz since Z68/Z77 motherboards offer higher overclocking headroom with dual channel support only. Keep in mind, very few Ivy Bridge processors can achieve frequencies this high so your mileage may vary. The quad channel 1866MHz Predator can be picked up for around $100 which works on both dual and quad motherboards. If you need dual channel CPU melting 2666MHz frequencies, the 8GB kit will set you back $172 US/CA. If you're really lucky, you may be able to find their 2800MHz dual channel kit. But you'll find very, very few CPUs capable of keeping up with it. The more common 2x4GB 1866MHz kits can be found for as low as $61.14 US. Patriot Memory Viper III Venom 2133MHz We've handled the new sporty Viper III kits before including the Mamba and Intel Extreme Masters. They perform quite well since they utilize Hynix memory modules onboard and come in different colors which all range in speeds from 1600 to 2133MHz. Frequencies that pretty much cover every Z77 and X79 motherboard supporting Sandy and Ivy Bridge processors. The Venom red color should appeal to modding enthusiasts and folks that want something that looks great through a side window in their high end system. Like all Viper III kits, the Venom comes in dual and quad channel flavors up to the 2133MHz as tested. The timings are 11-11-11-30 on this kit though we've had luck getting them to run at 10-11-11-30 latences as well. Stock voltage is 1.5 volts is compatible on 1.65V systems. Dual channel 8GB kits start at $43-50 and quad channel 16GB kits at $100 from the usual online places. If you're looking for more, it almost doubles in price for 32GB kits. The XMP certified Intel Extreme Masters are $57 and $104 respectively. Next up are offerings from CORSAIR and ADATA... Prev1 of 4NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Dean "That said, each one of the kits tested are my recommended choices for optimal performance at each frequency level and here’s why." So, why? Are you leaving this is a cliff hanger or did you miss a bit when you C&P'd? Eric Garay Hi Dean, thanks for reading the review. My apologies as I didn't mean to leave the why and each kit's Final Thoughts so disconnected. While each manufacturer offers two or more DDR3 memory kits, these are each manufacturer's optimal performance memory product that are still currently offered. -- Mushkin (Redline) offers the only high quality low latency memory, Kingston is often the most used for system integrators simply for price and stability, Patriot Memory Viper 3 is the best mid-range overclocking performer, ADATA Gamer Series V2.0 typically the most affordable in the 2400MHz range which also happens to be the average maximum for current Ivy Bridge processors to support, and Corsair Dominator Platinum not only arguably the best looking enthusiast's memory, it's also the overclocker's choice. Again apologies, and definitely appreciate you bringing that up. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of memory are you currently using? Dean Hello, Eric. A good follow up to the review, I enjoyed the read. As to your question, I currently use 12gb (6x2) of OCZ Platinum Low Voltage @ 1600mhz with 7-7-7-24 timings using 1.6v. When I ran 6gb, I had it dead stable at 1900mhz with 9-7-7-24 timings at 1.68v. This was with an i7 920 at 4.2ghz on an Asus Rampage Gene 3. I could overclock the ram but with the little time I currently spend in front of the PC for gaming, I see no need. Especially since the system is still quite fast, even with the 920 sitting at a lazy 3.8 nowadays Eric Garay Oh, you got some of that elite OCZ Platinum DDR3! I swapped their Platinum and camouflaged memory heat sinks for a while just to show off. Kingston has some low voltage (Genesis green) that was very similar but no way I could get it stable at 7-7-7-24 or 8-8-8-24. In fact, OCZ was the only other memory manufacturer that offered really low latency DDR3 until last year when they shut that division down. As far as enthusiast level m-ATX go, that ASUS Rampage GENE III was easily Editor's Choice. I very much enjoyed the GENE IV as well. Hardware implementation is as good as it gets really. About the only thing you may need in the future is a video card upgrade, if you decide to play a serious game. Again, appreciate the comment and question good Sir!