The Package and ModulesThe PackageCompustocx website to get any meaningful data. But rather than making you go and look for the data, we sifted through the information and found the modules are rated for CL9 at 1333MHz using the JEDEC standard. Using Intel's XMP profiling, the modules run 7-7-7-24 when at 16000MHz at 1.6v and 8-8-8-26 at 2000MHz using the full 1.65v. This is extremely impressive, if it will in fact do those speeds. Let's now find out!
OverclockingOverclocking the ModulesWhen it comes to overclocking, we aren't expecting there to be any with these modules. Now, before we crush any hopes, let me explain. While 2000MHz isn't actually recognised by JEDEC or Intel at this time as an official speed, the modules come out of the factory rated for this speed and that's exactly what we achieved with them during our testing. However, trying to go past 2000MHz resulted in Windows locking up and we weren't going to put any more voltage into the memory to test; we do try to care for our donated hardware that is used on the test bed. But a fully tested and stable result of the rated 2000 MHz speed (which is the highest we have seen any triple channel memory kit operate at thus far) is quite an achievement. But performance like this comes at a price.Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the motherboard. 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.
Test System Setup and EVERESTTest System Processor: Intel Core I7 Extreme 965Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)Hard Disk: Intel X25-M 80GB SSD (Supplied by Intel)Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE) Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1Drivers: Intel INF 126.96.36.1998, Forceware 175.16Today we throw the 2000MHz CSX memory against the A-DATA 3GB kit that we recently reviewed. This gives us a pretty good idea on a MB for MB rate as to how these very different kits perform.EVEREST Ultimate EditionVersion and / or Patch Used: 2006Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.comBuy It Here
Benchmarks - Sisoft SandraSiSoft SandraVersion and / or Patch Used: 2009Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.ukProduct Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=enBuy It Here
Benchmarks - Sciencemark 2.0ScienceMark 2.0ScienceMark 2.0 is a mathematical program designed to stress the memory subsystems of both desktop/workstation and server environments to determine the read/write latency as well as the overall memory bandwidth available between the CPU and the memory controller.
Benchmarks - CrysisCrysisVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.1Timedemo or Level Used: Custom TimedemoDeveloper Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/ Product Homepage: http://www.ea.com/crysis/Buy It Here
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsCore i7 hasn't taken off with massive sales, but given its performance profile it won't be far off before a bigger portion of the enthusiast crowd choose to embrace it. But then there's the financial crisis against its success in this regard as well; something very few people have control of at the moment.That said, CSX has done a very impressive job with its 2000MHz triple channel kit and is deserving of attention from those looking for top end modules. But while fast, this speed comes at a price premium. As you would expect, DDR3 still sells at a higher cost than the same sized DDR2 modules. And with three of them in the kit, it's going to cost a bit to get these high clocked modules into your rig, that is if you can even find them.
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