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.
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