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 × Prev4 of 4NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Final Thoughts - Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz Currently, Mushkin is the only memory manufacturer offering native 1600MHz memory with impressively low CAS 7 (7-8-7-24) timings making it the optimal memory for content creators who simply need efficient, quick memory for getting projects completed fast. Surprisingly, the memory also overclocks quite well of course, if you are willing to sacrifice the the advantage of tight timings. It's not the flashiest kit available, so modders and enthusiasts may not find it that appealing. Otherwise, this won't matter to users who simply want efficient modules. Final Thoughts - Kingston HyperX Predator 1866MHz The HyperX Predator line has been tested on many platforms for maximum compatibility. The Predator series is designed for enthusiasts such as gamers and modders who want the attractive heat sinks and performance to go with it. While this kit supports moderate overclocking, the extreme users will want to select one of the higher frequency kits also available from Kingston. Nonetheless, stability and dependability are built in each module and is one of the more XMP friendly kits around. And, it still pairs up with the still very popular HyperX memory cooling fans which should please modders. Final Thoughts - Patriot Memory Viper III Venom 2133MHz The Viper III Venom memory kits sport a very attractive crimson red heat spreader not to mention some of the finest tuned memory modules that support Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Content creators will find extra memory bandwidth built in its modules despite the higher CAS timings which ran stable even when lowered to CL 10. Overclockers will find that the memory offers some extra performance over 2400 MHz when overclocking. Patriot did their home work with the Viper III series making it XMP friendly and a great all around choice. Final Thoughts - ADATA Gaming Series V2.0 2400MHz Gamers will find that the new XPG Gaming Series V2.0 memory not only looks better than the previous version, but it also performs better. Additionally, avid overclockers will appreciate the memory's stock 2400MHz stability when aiming for maximum bandwidth. While the kit overclocks a little more, users can also down clock the memory and seek lower latencies when looking for more performance to support CPU intensive tasks without sacrificing stability. While gamers and overclockers will be pleased, modders may find them a little bland. Final Thoughts - Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz When it comes to overclocking and design, the Dominator Platinum has enthusiasts of all walks of life talking. It's built with the best premium modules available to push processors to the hairy edge of overclocking insanity which is in the neighborhood of 2800MHz. The new spreaders are quite attractive and even nicer than previous generations but could use a little more LED light to really pop. Naturally, enthusiasts can down clock frequencies, lower timings and get some more serious tasks done quickly while showing off. If you're hoping to turn heads in your new insane system, this is the stuff. What Memory Fits Your System Best? That's the big question most everyone has when selecting memory. Overall, good quality memory will enhance your computing performance by being more stable and faster, and sometimes, they just look great in your system. On the performance side, lower timings are more efficient at transferring data back and forth with the CPU especially during encoding or compiling projects. When it comes to content creation or working with very large files, the lower the memory timings, the better. In this respect, the Mushkin Redline are an excellent choice. However, the higher frequency memory can be manually lowered along with the timings to achieve the same purpose. But of course, having memory with those timings/frequencies guaranteed takes that guess work out of the tweaking if you simply want to pop them in and go. That said, each one of the kits tested are my recommended choices for optimal performance at each frequency level. Help Us Improve Our Product Review Round Ups By Leaving a Comment Below! Prev4 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!