Pricing, Value, And The Wrap-Up
Putting the price difference in a bar graph makes it easier to visualize.
The most expensive modules in today’s DDR3-2000 6 GB memory kit comparison cost around 80% more than the cheapest (Ed.: the Super Talent modules can now be found as low as $215 on the morning after publication), yet all products achieved similar timings. The difference in overclocking capability was more pronounced however, and that sets us up for a comparison of overclocking value. This comparison’s slowest memory sets the baseline.
Though second-from-last in overclocking capability, ultra-low-pricing makes Super Talent’s CAS-9 rated DDR3-2000 a top value. Adding excellent low-latency capability at various speeds, it would probably qualify as a winner, if only availability were better.
Second-place value Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 CAS 8 came in dead-last in overclocking at DDR3-2030, yet once again we see the impact of an ultra-low price. Availability of these is fairly good, so performance enthusiasts on moderate budgets should be pleased.
Patriot’s Viper memory fell in the middle of most tests, yet the brand did stand out with lowest-stable DDR3-2000 timings of 7-7-6-18. Its price also comes in around the middle, making it a mid-range value.
Second-place overclocker Corsair Dominator GT falls to fourth in value, but fans will note that it’s the most affordable kit to reach DDR3-2100.
Anyone who wants to go only 14 MHz faster will pay dearly, as the top two memory kits have the hardest-to-justify value. G.Skill edges out OCZ by reaching the same clock speed at a lower price, making it a good choice for anyone who wants the fastest parts available.
Note that none of today’s modules hit DDR3-2133, yet several brands are now advertising this speed. Unfortunately, getting there typically requires setting fairly lofty voltage levels, such as a CPU Uncore of 1.75 V, and we simply didn’t want to risk damaging the CPU before testing could be completed. These types of requirements cast doubt in our minds about the practical capabilities of currently-advertised faster-rated parts, and we have no reason to believe available DDR3-2133 modules are quantifiably better than the fastest DDR3-2000 sets in today’s test.