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DDR3 On A Budget: Six 6 GB Memory Kits

Patriot Viper Series DDR3-1333 CAS 7

Patriot Viper Series Extreme Performance Low Latency PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333) tops the industry for superfluous naming, though its model number PVT36G1333LLK is actually decrypt-able into something that makes sense: DDR3, 6GB, 1,333 MHz, Low Latency Kit.

Rated at DDR3-1333 timings of 7-7-7-20 at 1.65 V, Patriot includes a matching XMP value that our motherboard was able to interpret exactly as advertised. Anyone who isn’t able to get the right settings through XMP can manually configure these in BIOS on nearly any DDR3-supporting performance platform.

One of the last holdouts of June's low prices, Patriot’s DDR3-1333 CAS 7 price has increased from $90 to $115 in the past two weeks.

Super Talent Chrome Series DDR3-1600 CAS 9

The second of only two kits in today’s roundup manufacturer-specified for DDR3-1600 operation, moderate timings for Super Talent’s part number WB160UX6G9 should have given it an extra-low price. However, better availability of its CAS 8 part number WB160UXG8 at discount venders has made the quicker parts slightly cheaper than these.

Rated at DDR3-1600 timings of 9-9-9-28 at 1.65 V, the WB160UX6G9 6 GB triple-channel kit includes an XMP value with slightly better-than-rated tRAS. A listing of “XMP-62” appears to have been misread by our motherboard, again showing the inconsistency of XMP technology on some platforms. Those unable to use XMP appropriately can instead set the correct voltage and timings manually.

Part number WB160UX6G9 is available online for as little as $111, though its quicker CAS 8 sibling can be found for $105.

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