Test Results And Final Analysis
In our manual configuration and stability evaluation, Super Talent’s DDR4-3733 echoes its former breakaway performance by reaching the tightest timings we’ve yet tested at DDR4-3200 and DDR4-2133.
Lowest Stable Timings at 1.35V (Max) on Asus Maximus IX Hero (BIOS 0801)
Super Talent Project X 16GB
Mushkin RL Ridgeback 16GB
T-FORCE XTREEM 16GB
|G.Skill Trident Z 32GB|
And now for the surprise: Although it’s designed to operate as a pair at DDR4-3733, Super Talent sent four modules. We added the second set to our overclocking analysis.
Loosened primary timings to CAS 21 didn’t help the Project X DDR4-3733’s overclock, and it only scaled to DDR4-3867 at CAS 19. Adding a second pair, the highest stable frequency fell below its rated frequency to DDR4-3672. Sold in pairs, this DDR4-3733 pair fell directly between the overclocks of DDR4-3600 and DDR4-3866 competitors.
Tighter secondary timings could be the limiting factor in Super Talent’s Project X overclock, as tight timings would explain the heights of its Sandra Memory Bandwidth results. This chart also shows that four-module sets score higher than two, indicating our CPU's preference for four ranks of RAM. All four sets are single-sided, and adding the second set of Super Talent’s modules brought a (uncharted) DDR4-3672 bandwidth mark of 42GB/s.
Two DIMMs have a slight advantage in Sandra Memory Latency, where the Project X RAM combines that advantage with its super low latency settings to produce the best-yet DDR4-3200 timed latency of 16.9ns.
Super Talent Project X produced the highest XMP profile FPS in F1 2015 of any two-DIMM kit. We have some double-sided DIMMs on the backburner we will compare in a later review to see how four ranks perform when installed on only two slots.
Metro Last Light gets only a minor benefit from faster RAM, which can only be seen in charts and only then by looking at trends, since differences of less than one FPS can occur by chance.
All of the memory in today’s test is also too fast to hold back Blender, though small performance losses do occur when using significantly slower RAM.
Noticing that 7-Zip takes advantage of the Core i7-7700K’s preference for four ranks in this comparison of single-sided modules, the fairest evaluation would be that the Project X pair beats both the Redline Ridgeback and T-Force Xtreem pairs. The Trident Z set has four modules.
The added expense of four modules puts the 32GB set behind in a raw performance-per-dollar chart, while the price premium of DDR4-3733 puts the Project X modules behind the DDR4-3600 T-Force Xtreem.
Multiplying the above calculations by the percent difference in capacity, the four-DIMM set wins. Super Talent’s price premium for its DDR4-3733 rating holds it slightly behind the T-Force Xtreem DDR4-3600.
Super Talent’s DDR4-3733 produced the best timings we’ve seen, yet its price premium could hold it back from broader acceptance. We find two sets of competing DDR4-3733 CAS 17 modules on the market right now for $200, and one of those even has a $20 temporary discount. Because of that, we’re going to recommend Super Talent reconsider its price structure on this otherwise stellar memory.
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