Being a PC3-12800 kit means that we're dealing with a 1600MHz DDR kit. The timings are 9-9-9-27-1T. Now, I'll be honest, when I see that normally it wouldn't really impress, but when you consider we're dealing with not only 4GB modules, but also six of them, it doesn't look bad at all.
You can see the validation here.
Getting that up and running was easy. At 1.65v we got into Windows with no problems and we didn't have an issue running our benchmarks. The question now is, can we overclock? I'll be honest when I say I don't like our chances, but let's see how we go.
You can see the validation here.
What we ended up with was a very surprising 1733MHz DDR while keeping the same 9-9-9-27-1T timings. This is extremely impressive and not only a real testament to the Kingston kit we're dealing with, but also the ASRock motherboard.
What was even more surprising was that we were booting at speeds in excess of 1800MHz DDR. I think if we played with the timings a little more and bumped the voltages we probably could've gone even higher. As always, though, we like to keep everything on an even playing field so we've just found our overclock with the default timings.
Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the memory. Due to time constraints we weren't able to tweak the motherboard to the absolute maximum and find the highest possible FSB, as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking, or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Packaging and Modules]
- Page 3 [Overclocking]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and wPrime]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Everest Ultimate Edition]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - SiSoft Sandra]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Sciencemark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 9 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 10 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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