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Triple-Channel DDR3: 6GB Kit Roundup

Super Talent And Wintec Industries

Super Talent DDR3-1333 CAS 8

When we invited companies to participate in today’s high-end memory comparison, we specifically stated that this would be an overclocking competition focusing on speed and capacity, and that price would not be a major consideration in our final assessment. Much of our publishing calendar was already devoted to value memory and a high-end comparison was long overdue. Nevertheless, these modules are only rated for DDR3-1333.

At least the capacity is right. Part number WA133UX6G8 contains three 2.0 GB modules rated at CAS 8-8-8-24 timings. These timings would be good for a DDR3-1600 kit, but CAS 8 is slower at 667 MHz (DDR3-1333) than it is at 800 MHz (DDR3-1600). CAS latency is rated in cycles and faster memory has a shorter cycle time.

The highlight of this slower memory is that it automatically configures to DDR3-1333 at 1.50 V, requiring only the timings and voltage to be manually set in BIOS to reach rated performance levels. Super Talent took these parts a step further by adding a DDR3-1500 SPD configuration value. Perhaps the firm felt it could pull a value coup at the high-end with highly-overclockable parts? Our tests will determine the success of this tactic.

Super Talent backs its memory products with a limited lifetime warranty.

Wintec AMP-X DDR3-1600 CAS 8

Wintec uses its AMP-X line to beat better-known brands in high-end value, and its part number 3AHX1600C8WS6GTK, 6 GB triple-channel kit boasts high-end 8-8-8-24 rated timings for its DDR3-1600 rated speed. The company apparently realizes that extreme cooling isn’t needed at 1.65 V, and ordinary clip-on covers are the first sign of a product's function-before-form focus.

A maximum SPD automatic configuration value of 667 MHz (DDR3-1333) at CAS 9 hints that the modules are probably using highly-overclockable slower chips, but the moderate 1.65 V overclock rating still falls within Intel’s recommended limit. An XMP profile for DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24 at 1.65 V allows owners of XMP-capable motherboards to quickly set the kit to its rated overclock level in BIOS, while everyone else must fuss over individual settings to reach rated performance levels.

Wintec branded memory modules include a limited lifetime warranty.

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)?
    Reply
  • '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