Though memory typically responds to added voltage by facilitating higher data rates, G.Skill’s 1.25 V Sniper SR2 topped out at 1.35 V. Unlike other modules in today’s test, 1.50 V offered G.Skill no further overclocking headroom.
Super Talent’s W160UA4GML tops the overclocking charts, though these specific modules are custom-order parts. Geil follows up with a true production product that only Europeans and Asians can purchase locally. Here in the States, look to U.S.-based firms to find memory without the distribution woes. Of these, Kingston allowed us to pick the DDR3-2133 multiplier.
The big surprise in overclocking was that Crucial’s factory-direct modules didn’t reach the same DDR3-2133 CAS 9 overclock of their retail counterparts. These kits carry the same part number, but were likely produced on different days. Better luck next time, Crucial?
|Best Stable Timings|
|Adata XPG DDR3L AXDU1600GC4G9-2G||8-9-8-21||10-10-10-24||11-12-11-27|
|Crucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2K4G3D1608ET3LX0||7-7-7-21||9-9-9-24|
|Geil Evo Leggera GEL38GB1333C9DC||8-9-8-24||9-10-9-24||11-12-11-27|
|G.Skill Sniper SR2 F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2||8-8-8-21|
|Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3LK2/8GX||8-8-8-21||9-10-9-24||11-11-11-27|
|Super Talent W160UA4GML||8-9-9-24||10-11-10-24||11-13-12-31|
Crucial does take a big lead in low-latency support, in spite of the missing DDR3-2133 data. Secondary and tertiary timings that also affect performance were left to auto-configuration values and could still play a significant role in performance tests.
- Why Bother With Low-Voltage DDR3?
- Adata XPG DDR3L-1600G
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3L-1600
- Geil EVO Leggera DDR3-1333
- G.Skill Sniper SR2 DDR3-1600
- Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3L-1600
- Super Talent “Mystery” DDR3L-1600
- Test Settings
- Overclocking And Under-Latency Results
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Real-World Applications
- Results: 3D Games
- Which Low-Voltage Memory Kit Is Best?