Super Talent DDR3-1866
First on the chopping block is the Super Talent memory modules. Super Talent is a new company to us, we have only had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of their module kits and to say they were anything but high quality is an understatement. The kit we were sent for review uses the highest clocked modules we've seen in our labs. Super Talent places the modules in a 2 pack split blister which can be hung from the shelf hooks at your local PC retailer. The front of the modules has absolutely no info showing, no stickers or anything.
The back is just as confusing, there is no info on the size of the modules you're getting, no stickers to denote the speed of the memory or anything. The only way you can tell that the kit is 2GB is to read the barcode at the bottom, that's where you'll find the only bit of info on these particular modules..
As we unpack the modules themselves, we are very surprised at how well Super Talent has done. Unlike some modules, these weigh very little. The heatsink is only on the front of the modules, and we'll explain why now.
The reason that the modules only have a heatsink on the front of them is that they do not have any modules on the back of the PCB. That's right! Super Talent has managed to get 1GB of memory modules onto a single side, reducing the need for redundant heatsinks like we see on most other modules. On the back you get a sticker with info on the module's size, operating speed and latencies. If Super Talent made this visible through the blister pack rather than placing a marketing hype card in there, this would have saved a black mark for them.