Wintec AMPX 3AXH1600C8WS4GK
Wintec surprised us with budget-priced parts that take up the speed and timings challenge against high-end contenders. The biggest feature of its AMPX 3AXH1600C8WS4GK is a low Web price of $216, but this isn’t the only trump card in Wintec’s hand.
Rated timings of 8-8-8-24 beat most of the $300+ high-end competitors, even though an overclock-friendly setting of 1.90 volts is needed to get them there. As with most competitors, these DDR3-1600 modules appear to the system as DDR3-1333 and require manual changes to BIOS settings in order to reach full rated performance levels.
Wintec doesn’t include EPP 2.0 or XMP programming to ease BIOS configuration, and these modules don’t even have an 8-8-8-24 timing set for a lower speed. This shouldn’t trouble experienced builders, but it will prevent many “cheap” motherboards with missing BIOS settings from running these inexpensive modules at full speed. AMPX 3AXH1600C8WS4GK should probably be viewed as budget RAM for overclocking fanatics, and used on an appropriate mainstream-or-better motherboard.