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Triple-Channel DDR3: 6GB Kit Roundup

A-Data And Aeneon

A-Data Vitesta DDR3-1600+ CAS 8

Sold as part number AD31600E002GMU3K, A-Data’s 6 GB, DDR3-1600 CAS 8 triple-channel kit advertises 8-8-8-24 timings at 1.65 V. A reminder of the product’s past is its maximum 1.85 V overclocking voltage, which is where the plus in the series' name comes from. We certainly won’t be using such high voltage in our Core i7 memory overclocking assessment.

A maximum SPD automatic configuration speed of 667 MHz (DDR3-1333) at 9-10-10-25 timings further indicates that these were developed for the higher-voltage Core 2 platform market, but we were anxious to see how far we could push this product at Core i7-appropriate voltage levels.

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Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 CAS 9

We mentioned in our introduction that a single company had provided the earlier Core 2 platform market with DDR3-1600 at standard voltage levels, and that company is Aeneon. When it came time for the Core i7 transition, the only update Aeneon had to make was to create a new box for its triple-channel kit.

Because these modules were designed from the outset to operate at standard voltage, SPD automatic configuration speeds up to DDR3-1667 aren’t a problem for Aeneon’s part number AXH860UD20-16H-K-6G, 6 GB triple-channel kit. An XMP extension at DDR3-1600 allows moderate 9-9-9-28 timings to be easily set with no increase in voltage.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • arkadi
    Grate article!
    What was always bothering me about ram reviews is how much memory speed/timing will really impact on system performance. I it is a lot of work I know, but it was never covered.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    From ArticleOf course, we needed a Core i7 processor, but not just any processor would do. While most reviewers are stuck with engineering samples that only support DDR2-800 and DDR2-1066 ratios (3x and 4x base clock, times two), our retail sample supports data rates all the way up to 2,133 MHz (8x base clock, times two).
    I could be wrong, but shouldn't it be ddr3 ? I'm not aware of i7 supporting ddr2?
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  • Crashman
    neiroatopelccI could be wrong, but shouldn't it be ddr3 ? I'm not aware of i7 supporting ddr2?
    Heheh, looks like it's been edited.
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  • azone
    I wounder if amd will do quad channel with its am3 motherboards or even dual 128 bit channels. that would be cool. Just something to beats intels triple 64bit channels.
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  • Proximon
    Good info. Would have been nice to see at least one real world benchmark.
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  • goryachev
    Great article. Thanks.
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  • Gian124
    Anyone know the difference between the following
    Kingston HyperX T1 Series Kits:
    KHX16000D3T1K3/6GX
    KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX

    What does the UL signify?... would it benchmark the same as the former (which was tested in this article)?
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  • 'The current problem is one of voltage.'
    I loled at that.. maybe it's too early in the morning for me :D
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  • hexploit
    Interesting just how few people give a damn about DDR3 at this point.
    I guess many are a: Not wowed by i7 like they were core2 and b: Laugh and the prices of DDR3 at a time when DDR2 is not only still very fast relative to the software/games on the market but is dirt cheap.
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  • Crashman
    Gian124Anyone know the difference between the following Kingston HyperX T1 Series Kits:KHX16000D3T1K3/6GXKHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GXWhat does the UL signify?... would it benchmark the same as the former (which was tested in this article)?
    They may have changed the name.
    Reply