Super Talent Chrome DDR3-1600 CAS 9
The only product in today’s comparison to use extruded (rather than pressed) aluminum heat spreaders, Super Talent is also the only company to add the minor expense of chrome plating its parts to add visual appeal in windowed cases. The 4GB modules that make up its DDR-1600 Chrome series WP160UX8G9 8GB dual-channel kit are also available in triple-channel packaging.
Defaulting to the same DDR3-1333 speed and timings of most other comparison products, Super Talent adds XMP-1600 profiles at both 1.65V and 1.50V to make manual configuration easier. The only reason we can think of for providing similar profiles at different voltage levels is to allow added stability in systems that might not otherwise properly support this speed.
Users whose motherboards don’t support XMP can manually configure these as required, while systems that support neither XMP nor manual configuration will be limited to default settings.
However my next build has almost been conceptualized (waiting for certain parts and prices), so DDR3 here I come.
Yeh, ouch, but can you imagine paying $800 for it last summer? Newegg still has one of those super-expensive kits.
Tom's Hardware has recently been getting very similar overclocking and timing results between AMD and Intel systems when using the same modules and DIMM voltage. That's why the high-end system for the last two System Builder Marathons used the same RAM both times.
Granted, however, it is server ECC memory, and was never designed to be in a desktop. (Would love a 2P rig running dual 4GHz sexacore Gulftowns with HT, with 9 DIMM's per socket, running (18 DIMMs x 16GB/DIMM) 288GB of RAM.)